Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mark Millar talks “Kick-Ass 2”

It was almost two years ago to the day that I was making a round trip from Champaign, IL to Kansas City, MO and back with my sister and my friend Tyler. I was the only one driving, and for some reason or another Tyler and I thought it would be a good idea to throw a movie into the middle of a 16-hour drive. The movie in question was “Kick-Ass”, and would turn out to be the biggest adrenaline shot I ever got from a film. Besides that trip being my introduction to the super-talented, foul-mouthed 12 year old, Chloe Grace Moretz, and one of my all-time favorite films period, Tyler also provided my favorite and funniest road trip memory ever (I won’t get into the specifics, it’s not really public internet material).

The next several weeks would include multiple trips to the theater and lots of discussions about where the film sat all-time. And as is customary with any film that is a success these days, everyone immediately started talking about a sequel. For awhile it was looking like there were going to be some pretty heavy delays, but now we have word from the creator of the comics, Mark Millar, that a sequel to the film is rolling right along.

Get the details after the break.

The biggest change so far is that Mathew Vaughn, who directed the first film, won’t be sitting in the directors chair for the second film. A director has been selected according to Miller, but an official announcement hasn't been made yet. IFC got this quote from Millar's website:
“Kick-Ass 2 films this Summer. I expect there will be an announcement of some sort in the next week. Certainly before Kapow next month for sure,” Millar wrote on his Millar Hour thread. “Matthew [Vaughn] is co-writing and producing, Kick-Ass being a labour of love for him. He selected the perfect director last year and we’re very, very happy. Trust him… he knows what he’s doing.”
I have to say I’m disappointed that Vaughn won’t be directing this time. He has quickly become one of my favorite young directors with a short, albeit very strong, filmography, including “Kick-Ass”, “X-Men: First Class”, “Stardust”, and “Layer Cake”. Still, it’s comforting to know that he will still be pretty heavily involved with the sequel. Now we just have to wait for the announcement of who will be directing; my guess is on someone who is relatively unknown.

That wasn’t the only bit of information Millar had to share about the Kick-Ass franchise (isn’t it great to be your own pun). Miller also told New Empress Magazine that talks for a third film have already begun.

“I literally just got a hard copy of the screenplay delivered this morning. What can I tell you that nobody knows? Actually, not a lot if you’d read the book because it’s a very close adaptation. I can tell you that Chloe’s a lot taller. Her brother’s about 6’5 or something so I’m hoping she stops growing soon as we’re planning a third one too.”
Well I say, the more films the merrier. So Mr. Millar, if you ever happen to stumble across this article, even if the Kick-Ass story were to ever come to an end, I say keep making stories for Hit Girl. I could easily see her going down as the greatest female character in the history of film, at least of the action genre. Granted, in my opinion, she already has that title, but I will never get tired of watching Chloe Moretz play that role.