The year was 2010, and a little film called Kick-Ass was ready to take the world by storm. The adaptation of the comic book by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. – which, like countless comics before it, asked the question "What if superheroes were real?" – was an explosive, violent and funny superhero flick with serious dramatic flaws and inherent controversy over the character of Hit Girl, played by Chloe Grace Moretz, an 11-year-old mass murderer playing in an adorable costume. Despite an omnipresent marketing campaign, the $30 million production grossed just $48 million domestically, and less than $100 million worldwide. It sounds like more money than it is, since the industry rarely (if ever) includes the expensive marketing costs in its budget reports. The sequel fans all hoped for wasn't just in doubt, it seemed dead in the water.
But Kick-Ass scribe Mark Millar insists that it's back on, and slated to go into production later this year. In an interview with The Daily Record, Millar stated, "We shoot Kick-Ass 2 and American Jesus this summer," also referring to the upcoming film adaptation of his comic book series about a 12-year-old boy who discovers in the present day that he is Christ reborn.
These kinds of claims are reassuring to Kick-Ass fans, whom we encourage not to get their hopes up. Without an official announcement – or even necessarily a director, since original filmmaker Matthew Vaughn has just signed on to direct X-Men: First Class 2 – this could just be wishful thinking, or at best assurances from a studio unready to declare their intentions publically.
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