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Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass Adaptation Moving at High Speed

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June 21, 2008
Source: Comic Book Resources

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Within just a week, you'll all be treated to the brilliant action spectacle known as Wanted, adapted from Mark Millar's comic series of the same name. Back in March we brought you a rumor that Stardust director Matthew Vaughn was hard at work on an adaption of another one of Mark Millar's brutally violent comics called Kick-Ass. The gurus over at Comic Book Resources caught up with Millar at the premiere of Wanted and found out that not only was this rumor about Matthew Vaughn true, but that the film was already set to head into production in August! They've already got an entire cast set and it sounds like it's going to kick as much ass as Wanted, at least as far as I can tell, since Millar didn't reveal much.

The only details that were revealed back in March were that Vaughn himself was working with his writing partner Jane Goldman to finish up a script for the film before eventually moving on to direct. Here's the update Millar gave regarding Kick-Ass.

"I'm working as a producer on ['Kick-Ass'] as well, so I've been involved for about eight months, believe it or not," the writer said. "The comic didn't come out until February, but we made the deal on the movie back in December. The script was finished six months ago, and it starts filming on location in New York in August. So it's moving really fast."

As for casting, as much as I really want to know who they got, Millar won't spoil it. "The casting's all been done, and everything's all in line now with that. There's two big names attached, which I can't mention…" He adds, "We just cast the girl, and that was a really tricky one because we needed to find someone who could do martial arts stuff. So the whole movie's ready to roll." Unfortunately I'm not familiar with the comic enough to even begin to speculate who they might have cast, but Millar sounds enthusiastic. Considering the story is about a teenager, I hope they cast someone along the lines of Max Thieriot, who played the younger David Rice in Jumper before the not-so-good Hayden Christensen took over.

The comic series, currently only in its second issue, 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." You can find a copy on Marvel.com.

Who do you think would best actor to play the 15-year-old superhero in Kick-Ass?

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  • Ivan
    The comic has been a great read so far. It's barely at issue no. 3, so you can still buy all the issues since they are fairly new.
  • Given how Eminem was ready to sue Mark Millar for saying he was cast in WANTED... I'd take anything Millar says with a grain of salt--this bit of news, when it broke yesterday, seemed real interesting, until I noticed there was no word on the studio. We'll see.
  • Seriously? They're on the 3rd issue? 4th issue? How can you adapt a movie on a comic with 4 issues? There isn't even a completed story arc yet!
  • D
    Clearly Millar doesn't care at all about how the movie/comic ratio turns out and just wants money. He's the complete opposite of Frank Miller that's for sure.
  • Curtis
    Sounds like a kool story and i would like to see Max Thieriot play the lead but when they're only on the 3-4th issue couldn't they just have waited for the story to be done before making a movie or do they want to make it a trilogy.

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