Matthew Vaughn, the director of Kingsman: The Secret Service and X-Men: First Class, established his unique brand of comic book movies with 2010's Kick-Ass. The action comedy based on Mark Millar's graphic novel of the same name went on to be a moderate success at the box office that spawned a sequel.
Kick-Ass 2, however, was significantly less of a hit, both with critics and audiences, despite introducing several new characters like Jim Carrey's Colonel Stars and Stripes. It should be noted that it was not Vaughn who directed the sequel, but rather Jeff Wadlow, with Vaughn producing. That hasn't stopped Vaughn from wanting to make another Kick-Ass movie.
In fact, Matthew Vaughn wants to make two more Kick-Ass movies, at least according to his latest comments to Yahoo! Movies. While speaking to them about the upcoming home entertainment release for Kingsman, Vaughn said he is "not happily done with the franchise" and is looking to revitalize it:
“We’re working on an idea for a prequel of how did Hit Girl and Big Daddy become Hit Girl and Big Daddy. If we make that, hopefully that will be the sorbet for the people that didn’t like ‘Kick-Ass 2’ and then we can go off and make ‘Kick-Ass 3.' I think we’ve got to do this prequel to regain the love that we had with ‘Kick-Ass’.”
Of course, this isn't the first time we've heard talk about a Hit-Girl standalone film. A year ago, creator Mark Millar discussed his "insane" idea for a Hit-Girl movie. Is this the same idea? Also, would Vaughn's plans for a Hit-Girl prequel mean Chloë Grace Moretz wouldn't be able to reprise her role?
Regardless, Vaughn's latest comments should enthuse those who were less than happy with Kick-Ass 2, although it's unlikely Vaughn himself will be back to direct either Kick-Ass movie mentioned here. Vaughn has been keeping himself busy lately, with the director likely to helm the Flash Gordon reboot for Fox, and writing and potentially directing a sequel to Kingsman as well.
Just because Vaughn isn't likely to direct doesn't mean either Kick-Ass sequel is necessarily off the table altogether. There's always the possibility of another director coming in and taking the reins, even if that didn't work out so well with Wadlow. Bringing in a fresh take for the franchise could help reinvigorate it and start it in a new direction.
That said, given Kick-Ass 2's disappointing box office, neither Kick-Ass 3 nor a Hit-Girl prequel are anywhere near a lock for getting a green light. Hit-Girl herself, Chloë Grace Moretz, said in 2014 that Kick-Ass 3 was dead, and she famously blamed piracy for it.
Stay tuned for more news on Kick-Ass 3 or the Hit-Girl prequel.
Source: Yahoo! Movies