Universal Taking on the 'Kick-Ass' Sequel with Director Jeff Wadlow
So the studio that couldn't even open Scott Pilgrim to success has decided to take on the sequel to the other comic book movie movie that underperformed that same year. Is this a good idea? Deadline is reporting that Universal Pictures is taking over the Kick-Ass sequel, controlled by Matthew Vaughn adapted from Mark Millar's comics. We've been hearing details off and on for years since Vaughn's Kick-Ass first hit theaters in 2010, but it sounds like this is finally the announcement that it may happen. It's nearing the greenlight and already has a script and director, named Jeff Wadlow (Cry_Wolf, Never Back Down), attached and ready.
Universal's involvement with Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall (the tentative title) means they can finally start securing returning actors, like Aaron Johnson as Kick-Ass, Chris Mintz-Plasse as Red Mist and Chloe Moretz as Hit Girl. Deadline states that "the intention is to get the film in production by August," which sounds quick but I'm sure Vaughn has already been developing this with Wadlow and they just need a studio to make everything happen. Wadlow also wrote the script "for Vaughn." I'm curious to see how this turns out, I just hope they handle the marketing a bit better this time. I actually loved the first movie quite a bit, despite its mediocre box office returns, and I'm fairly excited to see where they go with Kick-Ass & Hit Girl.