One of the surprise hits among critics last year was the adaption of Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.'s Kick-Ass comic book mini-series. The Rated R superhero comedy of sorts was directed by Matthew Vaughn without studio backing due to fears about the riskiness of its extreme and controversial content.
Vaughn raised the money himself and after debuting a few Kick-Ass clips at San Diego Comic-Con, there was immediate interest and it was picked up by Lionsgate shortly thereafter. It opened in theaters on April 16, 2010 and brought in just under $100 million at the worldwide box office. So, what's up with Kick-Ass 2?
With mostly positive reviews, strong word of mouth and home video sales, fans (and cast members) have since demanded a sequel, but there's been a serious lack of movement on the project. After the release of Kick-Ass, Vaughn was recruited by Bryan Singer - both of whom were in line to direct X-Men 3 at one point - to helm X-Men: First Class and he's been a busy man since.
Early reports after the release of Kick-Ass, including an official statement regarding Millar's own CLiNT magazine, had production beginning in 2011 for release this year and that obviously didn't happen. The first Kick-Ass movie was developed alongside the comic, since the film rights were sold before the first issue of the book even released, but that's not the case with the sequel with is nearly complete in comic book form.
Kick-Ass 2 (the book) now has six issues out (out of 7) so when the movie does enter production, they'll have the groundwork all laid out. Despite this, hopes on the film were slightly dashed early last year when writer Jane Goldman was quoted doubting the sequel would happen. More recently, Millar explained in September that it's been a challenge getting things rolling, especially since the careers of most people involved have "exploded" since then, but he reiterated that they were in discussions. He also explained that Millar wouldn't likely direct again and today we have a little more evidence that that is the case, but it's attached with good news.
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In speaking with MTV News, Goldman went on record updating the status of the project and what's going on behind-the-scenes for her and Vaughn. She explains that her and Vaughn - who co-wrote the first screenplay together - may be involved in a lesser capacity for the sequel, but that they are looking for a new writer/director to take over.
"I think the only thing that is fairly sure is that right now, Matthew doesn't have any plans to direct it. He and I are not currently talking about writing it either. It may well be that Matthew oversees ['Kick-Ass 2'] in a producer role, and I may also be involved in that capacity. I know that there is somebody that Matthew has been talking to who would be interested in writing and directing that. That would be cool."
Goldman continued, clarifying that it's tempting for her to return, but also stating that while she loves the Kick-Ass 2 comic books, she's uncertain if the film adaptation of Kick-Ass needs a follow-up. Here at Screen Rant, we are certain that it does.
The fact that Vaughn has someone in mind to takeover the franchise, and that Millar and Goldman continue to hint at things rolling in the background, is good news for fans eager for a sequel. As Millar previously stated, things do need to get rolling before the principal cast ages too much, so perhaps we can expect some official news later this year.
Stay tuned for more on Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall as we hear it.
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Kick-Ass 2 cover artwork penciled by John Romita Jr., inked by Tom Palmer and colored by Dean White, Michael Kelleher.