Chloë Moretz Says ‘Kick-Ass’ 3 Is Dead, Blames Piracy

Published 3 months ago by , Updated August 26th, 2014 at 5:20 am,

Kick Ass 3 Dead Chloe Grace Moretz Chloë Moretz Says Kick Ass 3 Is Dead, Blames Piracy

While Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass wasn’t a huge success at the box office, it made enough money – with the help of Blu-ray and DVD sales – to warrant a sequel from director Jeff Wadlow. Alas, the sequel made even less money, and the reviews and fan reception were far less kind than they were for the original, which made a Kick-Ass 3 movie … well, unlikely.

Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. – the creators of the comic book on which the Kick-Ass films are based – recently talked about the likelihood of a second sequel coming to fruition. Now, star Chloë Moretz (the actress who played Hit-Girl) is weighing in, too.

Digital Spy recently spoke to Moretz about whether or not she’d be reprising her role as Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass 3, to which she said:

“Sadly, I think I’m done with the character. Hit-Girl was a very cool character, but I don’t think there will be any more movies. You make these movies for the fanboys, but nowadays everyone seems to pirate them rather than watch them in the movie theater.”

” ‘Kick-Ass 2′ was one of the number one pirated movies of the year, but that doesn’t help us because we need box office figures. We need to prove to the distributors that we can make money from a third and a fourth movie – but because it didn’t do so well, we can’t make another one.

“If you want more than one movie, everyone has to go and see movies at the cinema. It’s all about the numbers in the theater.”

This isn’t the first time piracy has been blamed for a film performing below expectations at the box office. Just recently, The Expendables 3 – which leaked to the Internet weeks before release – did pretty poorly at the box office and some theorized that it was due to the leak. (We, on the other hand, thought it was its own worst enemy.)

Kick-Ass 2 made approximately $28 million in the States and $32 million overseas against a $28 million production budget. It’s unclear, of course, how much money was spent on marketing, how much money went to theaters, and so on, so it’s impossible to know if the film made its money back at the box office – though presumably it did after it was released on Blu-ray/DVD.

Jeff Wadlow and Chloe Grace Moretz on Kick Ass 2 set Chloë Moretz Says Kick Ass 3 Is Dead, Blames Piracy

Would it have made more money if piracy wasn’t a factor? Sure. But then again, it also probably would’ve made more money if it hadn’t scored a 29% at Rotten Tomatoes.

Like Expendables 3, while piracy may have been a factor in its financial success (or lack thereof), it almost certainly wasn’t the determining factor.

Chloë Moretz also talked a bit about cinematic depictions of female superheroes, a topic we’ve covered more than once. Said Moretz:

“Whenever there’s a female superhero, it’s always a more sexual plotline rather than seeing an actual character onscreen. I don’t think that’s cool. I think it’s rather sad.

“I would love to change that. Hopefully, there will be some cool female superhero movies in the future. I hear there’s a ‘Wonder Woman’ movie coming up. Hopefully they won’t sexualize Wonder Woman, too.”

While I don’t agree that all female superheroes in movies have had sexualized plotlines – Black Widow had an interesting arc through The Avengers and Cap 2, for example  – there’s no doubt that there’s an unfortunate lack of superheroines generally and in major roles (and that’s on top of their problematic portrayal in merchandise and marketing).

What say you, Screen Ranters? Are you sad that Kick-Ass 3 probably won’t be happening? Do you want to see the sequel adapted to the big screen? Drop us a line in the comments.

Kick-Ass 3 (the comic book) is in stores now. Stay tuned to Screen Rant fore more news on the (unlikely) film adaptation as it becomes available.

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Source: Digital Spy

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  1. Please make a kick ass 3 I love it pIz o beg u I promise I will go to see at the movies I am big fan so pIz make one!!!!!!

    • Ok Kevin,
      we weren’t going to make a sequel, but your eloquent and passionate plea made up our minds. We’ll be making Kick Ass 3 for you.

  2. I would love Kickass 3. I went to see both previous movies a the cinema, pirated the films, and then bought the BR upon release.

    Some of us pirate films as a stop-gap before the retail home version.

  3. I think the kick ass movies were great and honestly think that they should make a third to wrap up the whole thing, everyone has their opinions and yes most people pirated the movie but yet they still watched it so isn’t that a good thing?? I hope they do wrap it up and make a third, but it’s up to them. If they don’t think they made enough, then they won’t make it. It’s gonna be disappointing if they don’t though :(

  4. I agree with chris. Piracy is not really the main problem but how the movie was made. As he mentioned, all the movies are being pirated but people still watch it in theaters. I think the reason why kick ass did not do well is because it only appealed strictly to the hardcore fans and not the others, hence, the limitation of the audience in the theater. Not to mention the fact that it is a r rated superhero movie slashes the number of moviegoer audience even more. You really cant expect mommy to take her kids to watch a superhero move with nude and head chopping scene in it. Presonally, i am a fan and i liked all the comic and the movie. I really like how the story changed from the original comic on the second film and i was really hoping to see how it will end on the 3rd movie.

  5. I am Destinee 22 montville CT, i just want to say that i am a huge fan of hit girl, i really hope you guys can find the money for it. I really am looking forward to the third

  6. Want to see Kick Ass 3. Own the first 2 on Vudu. Chloe has to be Hit-girl. Love her role. We will see it in theaters.

  7. Its a real shame that kick-ass 3 might not be made, but I guess they have to prove that piracy does more damage than people think. Kick-ass in my opinion was, and will always be one of the best superhero movie franchises. I’m begging, please make a 3

    • Piracy had no effect on the success of Kick-Ass or any other movie. Game of Thrones is one of the most pirated series of all time. It’s still a major hit. Same for other major films. People who want to see movies will go see movies. People who don’t want to go to the movies, aren’t going to bother with your little film to begin with.

  8. Well, kick-ass 2 still in about 40 million profit. Is it bad?

  9. Hi pls make the sequel for kick ass ilove hhit girl just make it more action and thrilling. I just loved how hit girl fight those badass

  10. Maybe it need à reboot…. Look at the movie wolverine origins! One of the worst, one of the most pirated but still has made money!

    • I think a reboot could work well… Along with other factors, Ms. Moretz getting older is in itself disqualifying her from the role of Hit Girl. She’s supposed to be twelve! A reboot would be a shock though, there’s always a disjunct when the characters are played by different people. Maybe piracy played some role in reducing the profits of Kickass 2, but it was genuinely lower quality than the first. They should’ve gone Kubrick on it and stripped away useless back story (just had visions of the Shining with the Kickass characters in the lead roles!)

      Still, where is the Hitgirl solo film? The character is strong enough to stand by itself, maybe that’s the way they should go with the reboot? Take elements from the Hitgirl prelude comic and run with that, it could be the grittiest piece of comic cinema ever. Or set it after the Kickass 3 comic, and just explore her character and quest to replace Big Daddy. The only way to save the franchise may be, paradoxically, to make it completely new. There’s a great story there, it’s just got to be told in the right way.

      • Having said that, I just read the third instalment, and from the current position, Hollywood can’t do it justice. It’s best they just call it quits, paper media won. I hope all those calling for a third film get the graphic novels out of the library, or buy them, and see the real thing. Even the first Kickass film was full of half-measures…

        I’ve seen the light- live action has been a dead end, if they’re going to do it properly they need to do it as animé.

  11. Yes Piracy is a problem but its not as if people don’t want to pay for great films the real issue is not just the price of cinema but its the time factor of when it can be seen. Perhaps they should change the way they distribute the movies. If they allowed it to be released in the form of a high res (or variable resolution) reasonably priced paid download through a reputable source such as rather than losing much of the profit to costs of releasing into cinema then they would get a huge amount of sales and the movie would be a success.

    But Please, you have an international Audience (Im from Australia) release it world wide all at once otherwise Pirates will be pirates.

  12. This is madness how can you cancel a trilogy without it becoming a trilogy. There are plenty of fans out there, I know this for a fact, after attending a showing of Kick Ass 2 in my local cinema, Stroud Gloucestershire where 3 people were dressed as characters from the kick ass series. I feel that these 2 films are a product of circumstance as they were not as popular as they should have been. I feel now that the following for these films has grown and a 3rd film would not now be out of the question. The comics are so popular that the film should be made for the fans and will become cult classics

  13. I saw Kick-Ass 2 in theaters opening weekend. Did the same for Kick-Ass and will do the same if Kick-Ass 3 happens. I wasn’t a big fan of the Kick-Ass 3 comic though but I’d like to see it translated to film since it’s bound to get changed anyway.

  14. Please make a Kick-Ass 3, the first two were incredible. It would be a dis-service not to make a 3rd! Work hard on he script, go all out with a great story and I’m sure you can do better at the box office with good marketing. Suck in new fans!

  15. please please please make a kick ass 3!!!!! I would love to see it. The movies are awesome I watch all the time anytime I get the chance to watch them do.these are some of the best superhero movies ever please please please make kick ass 3

  16. I love both of the kick ass movies. I actually have a “I am Kickass” shirt and also have the kickass figurine. I went and seen both movies in the theatre, and I have both movies on blueray and whoever that hasnt seen them that comes to my house, i make them watch and they are very impressed as well. I really would love to have a Kickass 3……

  17. It’s gonna be very disappointing if they don’t make the third Kick Ass since their second movie has that ending that makes people curious about. Hit Girl next life after leaving New York, Kick Ass’s new mask (or helmet) and Chris D’Amico who came back to life.

  18. Chloe makes a point but you do have to realize just like drive
    In theaters box offices are really becoming a thing of the past
    And will eventually be phased out.
    There is one concept that hasnt been persued

    • I have the hardware and program you need to stop hacking
      Most programs are antivirus ..a joke
      I can hackproof any digital media
      To prove it just ask

  19. I know the point of the article is about kick-ass but I would like to state that the only one female super hero you could name which didnt have a sexual plot line was black widow in the avengers but she was very sexualized. Everything about her character down to the actress selected screams sex appeal, and witty flirty remarts, her outfit, which didnt show much skin I will admit, but its tight leather on a voluptuous woman. Now I know typically female super heros (hell even men super heros) wear tights and other restricting and close fitting clothing, which is true. Even in the comic books and their origin they are very sexualized indeed. I personal enjoy sex appeal so I have no qualms with it, but black widow is also very sexualized and Ms. Mortez makes a very valid point and I have yet to really see a female super hero that isn’t considered an object of lust. And for the sake of not making comic book females look 2 dimensional (heh get it? sorry silly joke), I would enjoy seeing one or two who were badass because they were strong, smart, or otherwise special, not because their breasts and butt look good while their saving the world =P

  20. kick ass and kick ass 2 are my Favorite films along side hunger games sequel and the hobbit sequel. however scoring 29% on rotten tomatoes dude i don’t care kick ass 3 deserves to be made all my friends in the UK are saying i hope they make kick ass girls are saying hit girl is like the only girl to not show boob and not a sexual character don’t u guys see kick ass is amazing i have never read a comic book in my life but kick ass is an amazing action fantasy film and it deserves to live forever :)