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Hold On Thor! Matthew Vaughn is Adapting Kick-Ass First!

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March 20, 2008
Source: AICN

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Every time we've mentioned Stardust director Matthew Vaughn in the last year, it's been in connection with Marvel's Thor. Vaughn has been attached to that superhero adaptation for a while; but our last update on March 10th confirmed the worst - Thor is currently on hold. However, that's not a problem for Vaughn, because an article at AICN today states that Vaughn has been working on an adaptation of Mark Millar's latest Marvel comic book - Kick-Ass! Yes, the actual title of this crazy comic is Kick-Ass, and I can only imagine what sort of madness it holds within.

The greatest super hero comic of all-time is finally here. Have you ever wanted to be a super hero? Dreamed of donning a mask and just heading outside to some kick-ass? Well, this is the book for you--the comic that starts where other super hero books draw the line. KICK-ASS is realistic super heroes taken to the next level. Miss out and you're an idiot!

Kick-Ass ComicAICN claims that Vaughn has been holed up with his writing partner Jane Goldman trying to finish a solid script. Take this with a grain of salt until we can confirm the story, although it does sound quite feasible. Kick-Ass is a new series being drawn by John Romita Jr. and written by Mark Millar (of Wanted, Ultimate Fantastic Four, Civil War) published by Marvel. You can find a copy on Marvel.com or at your local comic book shop. Kick-Ass is only on its second issue and AICN speculates that Vaughn may be working directly with Millar in order to draft a screenplay based on where the series is heading.

The series is about a 15-year-old boy named Dave Lizewski who becomes a real-life superhero, despite having no superpowers or any of the stereotypical reasons for choosing to fight crime. "He becomes fascinated with the concept of becoming a real-life superhero and puts together a suit and mask and starts working out to put on muscle. At first, the simple novelty excites him, but eventually he decides he has to fight crime and gets into a confrontation with three teens spray painting a wall, who end up beating him severely and stabbing him. Seriously injured, Lizewski wanders into the street and is hit by a van whose driver keeps going out of fear."

I'm wondering if Vaughn is trying to use Kiss-Ass as his pet project to prove to Marvel that he's capable of pulling off a kick ass comic book movie? In the last Thor update, we mentioned that the first draft of his script was pushing a budget of $300 million. Although I don't think he'll ever get that much for Thor, if he does a good job with Kick-Ass, then maybe Marvel will at least let him direct Thor the way he wants with (maybe) a budget of over $100 million. Who knows? Either way this is an exciting future for Vaughn.

Is there even a good movie for Vaughn to direct in this Kick-Ass comic book at all?

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  • I love a good shoot-em up but why does Hollywood keep making them when they all flop? Shoot 'Em Up, Crank, The Condemned, War, Smokin' Aces. Alex, can you name ONE violent mindless flick that WAS atleast semi-successful. Also, what is your obession with Vaughn? Layer Cake and Stardust? He is really not a very good director, or producer looking at his previous credits.
  • Zach
    First off, Smokin' Aces, while not a huge hit, doubled its budget, ending up grossing 36 million with a budget of about 17M. And as for other violent mindless flicks, Bad Boys II immediately jumps to mind, which ended up raking in 138 million. And it doesn't get much more mindless than that movie. Second of all, I don't think this is going to be just another violent mindless flick. To call it that would be to grossly underestimate some of the storylines flowing through today's graphic novels. Read through the synopsis above again and this time substitute the name "Bruce Wayne."
  • Bryon
    I think a great person to play Thor is Triple H from WWE. He has the size and the personality.
  • Curtis
    that is an awesome name Kick-Ass
  • Djoser
    As long as there's no more Robert Deniro ballet-dancing. Didn't see Stardust- but the mere thought of that is enough to make one's stomach curdle... I think you're right, and jumping ship on a $300 mil Thor script for this is exactly the "Wait Marvel! I can do a good Comic Blockbuster! Look at me! Look at me!" Then he goes and pulls the first fresh thing off the racks, before the ink's even been dried.
  • Betsy
    I think that you are right Byron, Triple H would be a good choice but since they are looking for an unknown it leaves him out. Another good option would be Karl Urban, he played in Lord of The Rings, 3:10 to Yuma, he seems to be able to be versatile at least in the few roles he has had.
  • may
    i want triple h to act as thor

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