In case you missed the news, KICK-ASS 2 has been officially greenlit by Universal. The flick is set to begin shooting in London this September with Jeff Wadlow (CRY WOLF) writing/directing and Matthew Vaughn (who helmed the first film) producing. Aaron Johnson and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are expected to return as Kick-Ass and Red Mist.
Last week, Wadlow used his appearance at the Kapow! Comic Convention to reveal what he'll be bringing to the table with KICK-ASS 2 and whether or not Chloe Grace Moretz (who, thanks to her work in films such as HUGO and DARK SHADOWS, is far more in demand now than she was when she shot the first film nearly four years ago) will be returning as Hit-Girl:
"I think the most important thing that's gonna change from the Kick-Ass 2 comic to Kick-Ass 2 the movie was just really finding an emotional story to tell. Because what I certainly loved about the first film, and what I think elevated it above most comic book adaptations, is the heart and the emotion in the film. It was sort of my challenge as the film maker and storyteller to find something as emotional in the second film and I think we have some stuff that people are gonna really respond to."
As for Moretz's return, Wadlow had this to say:
"Well, nothing is official yet. But I had breakfast with Chloe two weeks ago and she's read the script and she's very excited about what we're doing with Hit-Girl. If you've read the comic, you know, she gives up being Hit-Girl, which was a brilliant idea I thought on Mark's part. It's something I explore something quite deeply in the movie because what happens in the comic is she sort of steps away from the story in many ways and she's sort of sidelined while Dave is working with Justice Forever and Chris is becoming the Motherf***er. But I was quite interested in what happens to her when she's not being Hit-Girl. Her story is a major, major part of the film and she's excited about the ideas and we're in talks."
The "major, major part" and "ideas" Wadlow are referencing to is that KICK-ASS 2 will not only going to adapt the comic KICK-ASS 2: BALLS TO THE WALL but also the spin-off prequel/sequel series HIT-GIRL as well.
KICK-ASS creator Mark Millar had this to say to Digital Spy:
"[The spin-off series] Hit-Girl will be the first 30 minutes of the movie and then the next 70 minutes is Kick-Ass 2. So Hit-Girl is structured as the first act."
And for those worried that the film might not equal the intensity of the comic (which featured innocent children being massacred, a brutal gang rape, a good portion of New York City being leveled, and Hit-Girl being arrested for her crimes), Millar is insisting that not a single panel will be changed in the translation from page to screen:
"Every horrible scene in the book will be in the film. The c**t line in the first one, everybody said 'there's no way you're getting that in the movie', but it happened and it's the same thing with this. Everybody is saying 'you can't have a gang rape scene with supervillains' and 'you can't have the dog's head cut off', but every single one of those scenes will go in it."
Wow. Didn't see that coming. Of course, the final film will reveal whether or not Millar (who just loooves to tease and brag about stuff that sometimes never happens) is just yanking our collective chain or not. I'm guessing he's NOT but could be wrong. I'd love to see the sequel stick to the book hardcore and just blow the audience away. The comic certainly did that to me (I honestly had to pause at points while reading it and quietly utter "Are you f**king kidding me?") and it'd be awesome if the film did as well.
As for the Moretz situation, I'm not sure what to think. I'd love to see her come back to the role that made her famous but I've got a feeling that she's kinda aged herself out of it. Gal ain't pint-sized anymore. Moretz, very quickly, went from little girl to young woman. I'd hate to see the sequel sex her up (like Tim Burton did in DARK SHADOWS) when it isn't necessary (Mindy/Hit-Girl is ten in the comic, Moretz is now fifteen) and end up ruining the character. Hope that won't be the situation but I'm a little worried it will.
Lastly, /film scored a look at an unused ad campaign for the original KICK-ASS. Very interesting stuff (love the concept of paint transforming each character into their alter ego) but I can see why they didn't go with it (the eyes being slightly off and give everyone a slight young Jason Voorhees vibe).