Universal Taking on the 'Kick-Ass' Sequel with Director Jeff Wadlow

May 8, 2012
Source: Deadline


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.

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I know with First Class sequel coming Vaughn wouldn't be able to do it. But seriously, he made Kick Ass what it was. 

Al on May 8, 2012


The first movie was VERY good, but if there isn't a Hit Girl, there isn't a good movie IMO.  She is what made this different.

HealthyPoison on May 8, 2012


 He has some involvement in the sequel,but I too also wish he was directing because he brought the heart of Kick Ass. Oh well First Class led to him taking off and having many offers

Steven Morgan on May 8, 2012


How in God's name did they land on Jeff Wadlow? I really don't get it. Can this be anything but a disappointment?

Trey on May 8, 2012


Wow, that sucks.

Nielsen700 on May 8, 2012


This is the biggest disappointment since "Teen Alien Ninja Turtles"....I guess I have to hold out till I actually see it....but as of now, disappointed.

Danimal on May 8, 2012



N. on May 8, 2012


Kick-Ass sucked anyways, and in my honest opinion so does Vaughn, first class was brutal

HazedMind on May 8, 2012


we'll see.

Xerxexx on May 8, 2012


Doesn't matter...have no interest in seeing it anyway. First one was really, really dumb.

Blurb on May 11, 2012

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