Universal looks set to announce it’s moving ahead on Kick-Ass 2, and filming may kick off as soon as August.
According to sources speaking with Deadline, Universal has picked up the rights to Kick-Ass from Lionsgate and plans to move full-speed ahead on a sequel to the cult hit. New deals will need to be struck with the characters who played the three surviving characters: Aaron Johnson (Dave/Kick-Ass), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Chris/Red Mist) and Chloe Moretz (Mindy/Hit-Girl). It will be Moretz that may pose the most issues as she has aged quite a bit since the original and has become quite the in-demand actress since the original film. (Mainly because she stole the film.)
Matthew Vaughn who directed the original is committed to the X-Men: First Class sequel, so he would be unavailable when it came time to film. He, however, has supposedly given his blessing to new director Jeff Wadlow who has also penned the script.
The original film was made for $30 million and grossed $48 million domestic and $48 million foreign for a $96 million worldwide gross. While it didn’t make a huge return on its theatrical run, it has gone on to do well on home video and build up a cult following. In a lot of cases such as this, the sequel will perform better than original as people who got acquainted with the original via home viewings wil go out to see the follow-up. Will it be a giant hit? Nope. Will I be thrilled to get a sequel? While I loved the original, it had its issues (I still can’t get over that jet pack), but I would gladly plopped down my money for another outing with Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl.