The idea for a sequel to the critically acclaimed R-rated 2010 cult superhero adaptation of the Mark Millar/John Romita, Jr. graphic novel Kick-Ass – which earned $96.2 million on a $30 million project – has been in the works for a long time, but like the Deadpool movie, it felt like it was project that would never come to fruition…until now.
Universal Pictures is now in talks with Matthew Vaughn, the writer/producer/director of Kick-Ass, to develop the sequel. Vaughn, who has already written the script and would produce will not return to direct, as he is working on a sequel to his X-Men: First Class. Instead, Never Back Down helmer Jeff Wadlow will take over. Lionsgate developed the first movie.
Considering the outstanding success of Marvel’s The Avengers, it’s no surprise that we are at the crux of a second superhero boom at the movie theaters. Universal does not have many superhero properties, except Hellboy and the graphic novel Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (which was one of the most underrated and excellent films ever made, so go see it if you haven’t). And if this deal passes – and filming is expected to begin in September – it would be a significant get for Universal to secure a property with a lot of potential. It’s also a controversial property for its violence and profanity, so the R-rated film – while not box office breaking – should still draw significant audiences.
Kick-Ass 2 will be based not only on the graphic novel of the same name, but the first act will be based on the spinoff graphic novel, Hit-Girl. Kick-Ass 2 continues the story of Dave “Kick-Ass” Lizewski (played by Aason Johnson), who was inspired by comic books to become a real-life superhero, and his training by the semi-retired Mindy “Hit-Girl” Macready (Chloe Grace Moretz in her breakout role), whose father taught her from a young age to be a vigilante. While their exploits have inspired others across New York City to become vigilantes and superhero teams, their adversary, Chris D’Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) is hard at work forming his own organization of supervillains, transforming from “Red Mist” into “The Mother F*cker)
The original film also starred Mark Strong as Frank D’Amico and Nicolas Cage as Damon “Big Daddy” Macready. Johnson, Moretz, and Mintz-Plasses have expressed strong interest in reprising their roles.