by Josh Starnes, CMRO Editor
Universal in talks to produce and distribute “Kick-Ass 2″
Vaughn, who co-wrote and directed the first Kick Ass in 2010 has tapped Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down) to potentially direct the sequel to be co-produced by MARV Films and Universal, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
That report co-incides with recent statements by Kick-Ass comic writer and co-creator Mark Millar that the film would begin shooting this summer. Those comments come despite previous comments by the co-screenwriter of the first film, Jane Goldman, who stated that a sequel was not likely.
The first Kick-Ass, produced by MARV Films and distributed by Lionsgate, grosed $96 million worldwide against a $30 million budget.
Whether Kick-Ass 2 gets made or not, it will happen without Vaughn at the helm. The prolific adaptor of comics is set to begin shooting the next film in the X-Men franchise in January for Twentieth Century Fox.
In fact, Vaughn’s plate at the moment appears full through the middle of the decade, all with comic related properteries. Vaughn’s company, MARV, has optioned the rights to Jonathon Ross’s “The Golden Age” about a retirement home filled with aging superheroes. Vaughn’s name has also been floated as a potential director for Sony Pictures’ adaptation of Valiant’s Bloodshot.
Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall and Hit-Girl upon which the sequel may be based were written and drawn by original creators Mark Millar and districuted by Icon, an imprint of Marvel.