McLovin Will Kick-Ass in Matthew Vaughn's Violent Adaptation!
by Alex Billington
August 15, 2008
We've been waiting for this news to hit ever since we first announced that Mark Millar's violent comic book Kick-Ass was being adapted by Stardust director Matthew Vaughn. Before we get down to the names, you need to be familiar with the story first. Kick-Ass is about a "high school dweeb" who attempts to reinvent himself as a real-world costumed superhero named Kick-Ass but eventually gets his ass kicked! Christopher Mintz-Plasse, aka McLovin from Superbad, will play a character known as Red Mist - not the main character in the film. Also starring alongside of Mintz-Plasse is Chloe Moretz, who will play a "ferocious, potty-mouthed 11-year-old who chops down crime thugs with a ninja sword." If you're expecting this to be violent, you're right. In fact it was so violent, that all the major Hollywood studios passed on the project and Vaughn was forced to come up with $30 million on his own!
McLovin's character, named Red Mist, is the angry teen son of a mobster who tries to find uncover Kick-Ass' identity. Although Mintz-Plasse and Moretz have been confirmed, the actor who will play the lead character named Dave Lizewski has not been announced yet. Back in June, Mark Millar said that "there's two big names attached," and I'm guessing only one of these is it - since Chloe is not a well-known actress. I'm anxious to know who they chose for the lead, because although these two sound fantastic, it will all depend on the capabilities of that actor. Vaughn is hoping to start shooting sometime this fall, with a $30 million budget as first mentioned. The script for this adaptation was written by Vaughn and his writing partner Jane Goldman. Millar's comic is currently being published by Marvel and is in its third issue.
Back to the issue of the violence in Kick-Ass. Most who have read it will confirm that in the same vein as all of Mark Millar's work, it is incredibly violent, described as ultraviolent, and Vaughn wants to keep it that way. He is such a believer in the project that he raised the $30 million to produce the film by himself. It was initially brought to numerous Hollywood studios, but most of them asked him to either tone down the violence or increase the ages of the characters. However, Vaughn persisted to stay faithful to the material and decided to just develop the film on his own. Considering Mintz-Plasse is 19 and Moretz is 11, it was a risky move. Although, I bet it'll end up being a big purchase once the studios see some footage. Is this some kick ass casting so far or what?!
Reader Feedback - 11 Comments
... I am watching this ... for sure.
LW on Aug 15, 2008
Maybe Vaughn should talk to 'Anchor Bay' or an outside-company. There's a company in Korea called 'Showbox' that has no qualms with really gritty movies 😀
LW on Aug 15, 2008
Chris W. (Co. Springs...) on Aug 15, 2008
Its on McLovin.. go get Kick Ass
Dusty on Aug 15, 2008
FUCK. YES. 😉
Ivan on Aug 15, 2008
Actually, I think the McLovin dude would have been perfect as the dweeb lead. Too bad they're going in a different direction. Having read the first two issues of "Kick-Ass," I can attest to all the ass-kicking that goes on. The lead character ends up seriously, brutally injured his first time out (first issue). What I like about "Kick-Ass:" the insane ballsiness of the main character (he's a costumed vigilante, not a superhero with superpowers), his green track suit, goggles, and weapons of choice. What I don't like about "Kick-Ass:" the ethnic gangbangers Millar puts up against his Caucasian lead character. I'm sure Millar would agree that he isn't exactly the most subtle of writers, but man, put a little more effort into writing ethnic characters (you know, don't make them all gangbangers, don't have them use outdated "street" lingo). That said, I'm definitely curious to see what Vaughan does w/"Kick-Ass".
Mel Valentin on Aug 15, 2008
To #6 Unfortunately, as much as you disapprove of the ethnic gangs, they do exist :/ . Things like triads, gangsters and drug-cartels aren't a racial myth :/
LW on Aug 15, 2008
I would love to play the main character, that would be so awsome but that will never happen. (sigh)
CHICKImonkey on Aug 15, 2008
why not go with Michael Cera just give him bright blond hair or Max Theriot those are my 2 choices
nelson on Aug 15, 2008
Conrad on Aug 16, 2008
looking forward to this! =P ive chatted with Chris a bit last he was in Cali and he's all about this movie. didn't hear much outside of a few car scenes and some "kick-ass" action-its gonna be sweeeeeeet >_-
nick on Nov 6, 2008
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