Deadline is reporting Universal has scored the rights to KICK-ASS from director Matthew Vaughn’s production company with the intention of getting a sequel up and running by the end of the summer. Jeff Wadlow (CRY WOLF) will write/direct, original stars Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Moretz are expected to return. Vaughn is producing.
Wow. Turns out all those rumors Mark Millar and John Romita Jr (the duo behind the KICK-ASS comics) have been slinging weren’t actually rumors but were true. Can’t say I saw that coming. Especially since Millar has a nasty tendency to promote projects that never seem to come to fruition or even exist. I mean, seriously, dude said WANTED 2 was supposed to be in theaters LAST YEAR. Did you see WANTED 2 last year? Yeah. Didn’t think so.
So it’s kind of nice to see one of his many tall tales come true. Especially one as cool as this. I’m a huge fan of this franchise (you should be too because it kicks ass) and have been semi-patiently waiting for an official sequel announcement since the first film did okay for itself at the box office (100mil worldwide off a 30mil budget is a solid haul).
The only real issue now, and the reason I used “semi-patiently” a moment ago, is whether or not Uni will be able to keep their commitment to get this going by the end of the summer. Wait too much longer and Moretz (Hit-Girl) is going to age herself out of the role. I don’t think I need to explain to you what happens to young girls when they age five years in between movies. I’ll just end up making it sound pervy and…
…you know what? KICK-ASS 2 is happening. There’s your story. Enjoy it.
USELESS KNOWLEDGE: Don’t expect KICK-ASS 2: THE FILM to mirror KICK-ASS 2: THE COMIC in any way. Trust me on this. There might be a small nod or two but there’s no way Uni is going to even attempt to adapt the original source material into a movie. It’s unfilmable. And if it was filmable, it would be an automatic NC-17.