[This article contains SPOILERS about Kick-Ass!]
Even before the film adaptation of his comic book Kick-Ass was released, writer Mark Millar was already talking to the cast and director Matthew Vaughn about his plans for a sequel. Most of the information being shared was simply hearsay, but the consensus seemed to be that regardless of the specifics, Kick-Ass 2 would most definitely be a darker story than its predecessor.
Speaking with MovieWeb about the DVD and Blu-ray release of Kick-Ass, Millar confirms he's in the middle of writing his follow-up to the comic and hopes to have it finished by Christmas. He expects cameras to start rolling on its celluloid counterpart in April, as soon as Vaughn is finished with directorial duties on X-Men: First Class.
As for the plot of Kick-Ass 2, Millar reveals what's in store for the character of Hit Girl:
We left things off with her being adopted by this extremely nice man. He is a cop. And she has to stop killing people, you know? That seems like an interesting starting point in the next one in regards to her character. She is going to be like Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven, where she hasn't picked up a gun in years. It's that type of thing. I like the idea of doing that with an eleven year old girl. She was part of this massive cacophony of violence. But she's not allowed to kill people anymore. She is consumed with anger, and forced to watch TV shows instead. Halfway through the movie, or the comic, we will follow her as she picks up a gun again. It is going to be awesome.
He also indicates that Red Mist will be the main antagonist in the next installment and although actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse admitted he was hoping the character would be more of a bad-ass in Kick-Ass 2, it doesn't sound like that's necessarily going to be the case:
This is a guy who has had his entire family killed by Hit Girl. He heads off and develops his martial arts skills. He learns how to become a better villain. That type of thing. He is going to come back and wreck unholy vengeance on our team. But in reality, he just comes back and gets stoned, and he spends a lot of money. He can't do anything, so he hires this bad ass girl from Russia, she comes into the story, and her plan is to kill Hit Girl. Red Mist becomes like Charles Manson. He goes on-line and influences a bunch of young villains to go against Kick-Ass and Hit Girl. The whole thing ends up as a big gang fight like you'd see in The Warriors. There is going to be a big gang fight in the middle of Times Square between all of these costumed heroes. And at the head will be the Red Mist and Hit Girl.
While Millar's descriptions definitely suggest the potential for a darker story, they also make it sound like Hit Girl is the focus of Kick-Ass 2. However, he could just be detailing one of the comic's subplots while deliberately holding back on what's in store for the title character so as not to spoil all the surprises.
Regardless, his ideas for Kick-Ass 2 sound pretty intriguing - I especially love the bit about Red Mist training to be a better villain with lackluster results. I love the idea of a Batman Begins style montage with him traveling the world, honing his skills, and creating this massive build-up only to reveal he's pretty useless.
I'm surprised that the first Kick-Ass wasn't a bigger hit at the box office, but I'm relieved its performance didn't dampen the studio's enthusiasm for Kick-Ass 2. I also have no doubt that the film will find a brand new audience when it hits DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow.