Mark Millar Gives ‘Kick-Ass 2′ Updates; Matthew Vaughn Unlikely to Direct

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Kick Ass 2 New Director Mark Millar Gives Kick Ass 2 Updates; Matthew Vaughn Unlikely to Direct

Comic book writer Mark Millar is riding high on the success of his darkly comic superhero series Kick-Ass. The second part of the trilogy, which follows wannabe superhero and high-school student Dave Lizewski in his awkward attempts to fight crime, is currently in its third issue (out of a seven issue miniseries) and has consistently been a top-seller.

Of course, much of Millar’s success comes in large part from the popularity of the Kick-Ass film, which was directed by Matthew Vaughn. In addition to strong performances from its leads, including a starring turn from Chloe Moretz as the vicious child assassin Hit-Girl, it was Vaughn’s stylish direction that helped Kick-Ass make such a successful leap from the page to the big screen.

That’s why Millar must be pained to finally admit that Vaughn is probably not returning to direct Kick-Ass 2. In a recent interview with the L.A. Times, Millar explained how the success of Kick-Ass helped launch everyone into bigger and better projects, making it difficult to get the original creative team back together.

The thing about the first movie is that it kind of exploded all our careers. People forget, but this was a $28-million indie movie made in the UK. It grossed $100 million at theaters and made the same again and more on DVD and Blu-ray and got amazing reviews. So everybody involved suddenly got hired for a million different things, and re-forming the band again would be impossible. Hopefully, we can use the same actors if and when we do a sequel, but getting Matthew [Vaughn] to direct or Jane to write a movie at this budget would be very difficult because they’re superstars now and they have projects of their own. I’d imagine, if this happens any time soon, that Matthew will produce and possibly co-write, like George Lucas did with “The Empire Strikes Back,” and hire a new director.

In addition to issues with bringing back Vaughn, who definitely did move on to bigger and better things with the widely successful X-Men: First Class, Millar also talked about potential problems with bringing back the cast of the film. As Millar explains, there’s a small window of opportunity to make the movie before the actors are too old to play the parts.

There’s a window because the actors are all supposed to be in high school and if this came out after 2013, for example, that window would have closed. I obviously know more than I can say, but I think people will be pretty happy with the conversations we’ve been having.

Kick Ass and Red Mist in Kick Ass 2 Mark Millar Gives Kick Ass 2 Updates; Matthew Vaughn Unlikely to Direct

Judging by his sly comment at the end (“I know more than I can say”), it seems likely that a Kick-Ass sequel is going to happen with or without Matthew Vaughn. That being said, most people in the entertainment industry would agree that Millar is one of the most enthusiastic (perhaps blindly enthusiastic) writers out there and he would probably say that a sequel was getting made even if Kick-Ass only made five bucks at the box office.

The question is, will the film be as good without Matthew Vaughn on board? Sequels tend to be weaker anyway, and Vaughn’s skills might be sorely missed. Then again, it’s possible that the characters themselves will be enough to bring in audiences.

What do you think? Would you see Kick-Ass 2 if Matthew Vaughn wasn’t directing?

Source: L.A. Times

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  1. I’d rather have Vaughn get going on the sequel to First Class anyway. They do have to hurry with Kick Ass 2 though. Moretz isn’t getting any younger. And Hollywood won’t care about Johnson’s age. If Garfield is 28 playing Peter Parker in HS, Hollywood won’t care if Johnson plays his part despite his age.

  2. I read a while back that Vaughn wants to produce it and mentioned Eli Roth as a possible director. He wants someone with experience doing violent horror films.

  3. Watt no Vaughn?? Hope the sequel is gonna be as good as the first 1

  4. I want to this with or without Mathew Vaughn directing but Vaughn is the best no doubt about it! Still it would be a crime for this movie to not have a sequel especially since the 2nd series of the comics are selling so well!!!

  5. Millar should focus on writing the comic instead. How many months is the latest issue delayed? Four? Five?

  6. I love how matt direct his movies. Please Matt vaughn come back for kick-ass.

  7. If Matthew Vaughn does come back and direct Kick-Ass 2, I think James Gunn would be a good replacement.

  8. Loved Kick Ass, sad to hear Vaughn’s not coming back, but hey we are getting Vaughn style X-men series!

    I’d rather not have a sequel for Kick Ass without Vaughn, someone will just wreck it

  9. Lets go already I want to see Kick Ass 2 Kick some Ass. Whoever Directs the movie better keep with the style of the first one. I hope all of the actors in the first one are in the second one cause changing the actor but keeping the Character would suck. Me I just want to see Kick-Ass take on Red Mist but hopefully with a little more fighting skills this time. What ever the case I just want to see this sequel happen. Don’t leave us Kick-Ass fans with only one movie we need a sequel.

  10. Fuk Vaughn! He’s a puss! Bring on kick azz 2!

  11. I know that I am late in the game when it comes to voicing my opinion about Kick Ass 2 but here it goes anyway.

    This movie needs to be made (especially with the first movie ending the way it did). I can’t stress that enough. Everyone that saw the first movie is just waiting, watching the clock for the next one. And hoping that everything that they have read or seen saying that it may not happen is just a really bad joke. It’s a no brainer. Make Kick Ass 2 and its instant success. Security will have to hold people back. Tickets will sell for unreasonable amounts of money on e-bay. Dancing in the streets and world peace will come from. Kick Ass 2. And guess who won’t be there to stop them. Kick Ass. Why? Because you didn’t make the movie.

    Please don’t brush this one aside.

    Oh, and keep the same spirit with the sound track. There was some great independent and underground music in the first soundtrack (Banana Splits!).

  12. Im sad Vaughan isn’t doing the sequel, but the sequel has to be made. What about singer the guy that did the first two xmen movies before doing that lousy superman movie?

  13. I would go see Kick Ass 2 no matter who directs it. The first movie was great and left off on a perfect note for a sequel.