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Bloodshot – Matthew Vaughn to have a go at the Valiant assassin

Posted by LiveFor on March 29, 2010

With Kick-Ass upon us, we now wonder what the director, Matthew Vaughn will turn to next.

Latino Review have the news that it could be another comic book film, but one with nothing to do with Mark Millar.

Matthew Vaughn’s next film is going to be a comic book yet again- but this time it is a comic book adaption of the defunct Valiant comic book BLOODSHOT.

There are two volumes of the comic with slightly different stories. The movie will focus on Volume 2. Bloodshot is about a reanimated government assassin killing machine named Angelo. Vaughn is writing along with Jane Goldman who wrote Stardust and Kick-Ass for him. Vaughn is fully financing and intends to cast the film late summer. William Morris/Endeavor did the deal. And Millar has nothing to do with it. As El Taco entiende, Vaughan doesn’t like Millar’s pathological lies either.

I used to like the Valiant line of comics – Solar Man of the Atom was a fave – but I never got round to reading Bloodshot.

More info on Bloodshot via WikiMortalli is a ruthless killer climbing the mob ranks when his crime family betray and murder him. In an experimental procedure the FBI attempt to extract information from his long-dead brain by injecting microscopic computers called nanites into his blood. The nanites quickly go to work, rebuilding his brain and then the rest of his body, unexpectedly reviving Angelo but erasing his memory in the process. The nanites now fully control Angelo’s body (manipulating blood flow, adrenaline levels etc.) giving him augmented reflexes and strength, enhanced hearing; the ability to heal rapidly, and control of electronic devices. Angry, violent and unsure of what he has become, he escapes. Taking the name Bloodshot, he begins the process of piecing together who he was.

For those not in the know Jane Goldman is the wife of Jonathan Ross and a pic of her is below.

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Kick-Ass – An early review

Posted by LiveFor on November 5, 2009

Kick-Ass is the adaption of the Mark Millar, John Romita Jr Comic. Matthew Vaughn directed it and AICN had this review sent to them by Terry Tibbs. Sounds like it could be a lot of fun.

Just got back from the screening of Kick-Ass, and I’m happy to report that it is fucking awesome!!!

Just as a side note about the film, I know that the film has been picked up for distribution in the States by Lionsgate, and it says so in the opening credits, but I’m sure that it hasn’t got a distributor over here yet… or has it? The screening was hosted at BAFTA, and it was obviously hosted by Universal as it was their name on the screen before the film started, and there was shit loads of Universal staff there, in fact i’d say a quarter of the audience was Universal staff, a quarter european distributors (I guess), the rest were lucky punters off the street. So I’m sure it hasn’t been announced, but I’d say it was a safe bet that Universal are the UK distributors.

So the movie itself. I’m a huge fan of the Mark Millar/John Romita jr comic anyway, so to see the film so early felt like a massive coup, and I’m happy to tell you that this is the Kick-Ass film that Kick-Ass fans will want to see. It opens like the first comic virtually verbatim (I won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read them), but the film itself varies only slightly from the source comic, but the changes made by director Matthew Vaughan and screenwriter Jane Goldman ring true to the spirit of the comic, and never feel strange, in fact the changes made make the film seem logical and help some bring some of the wilder concepts down to earth.

The comic sets out as a modern deconstruction of the superhero concept, with knowing nods to geekdom surrounding comics, and the film takes that idea and runs with. Littered with references to other superhero films from Batman, Superman and Spiderman (even the Spirit movie gets a hilarious nod), this feels like it is happening in our world, and will drive fellow geeks wild. The film veers ever more into outlandish areas as it goes on, but it always feel believable.

As far as the actors go, Brit Aaron Johnson as Kick-Ass more than fills the lead role ably handling the accent, but I did feel that he lacked the vulnerability of the comic’s Dave Lizewski, never nerdy enough and definitely too buff, but that’s just nit-picking at a role that should catapult him into the big time. Christopher “McLovin” Mintz-Plasse proves that he has what it takes to hold his own in a comedic role as Red Mist, and he seems perfectly cast. Nic Cage, who I wasn’t really to impressed with when I heard he was cast as Big Daddy, proved me wrong by putting in a hilarious, Adam West-esque performance (although his final scenes did raise a few eyebrows for his scene-chewing, but again I won’t spoil it for you).

There were a few nice cameos from British actors Dexter Fletcher, Jason Flemyng and Tamer Hussan, but the Mark Strong was the pick of the British bunch as gangland boss Frank D’Amico, who steals every scene he’s in with a genuinely brilliant turn. Clark Duke provides ample comic relief as Dave’s high school chum, and Lyndsy Fonseca is suitably cute as Dave’s crush Katie.
But the film truly belongs to Chloe Moretz who, as Hit Girl, tears through the film as the baddest pre-pubescent 4 foot badass ever committed to film. She totally owns every scene and provided the audience with at least three bandstanding crowd cheering moments. She’s funny, witty, knowing, hugely crude, and just massively ass-kicking, her Matrix lobby-esque scene at the film’s climax is just incredible, and again should propel her into the big time by just being one of the most incredibly cool characters in any comic book film ever. Badder than Wolverine, funnier than Deadpool, more athletic than Spiderman and cuter than that kid in Runaways. Just fucking awesome.

Matthew Vaughan does himself proud and he should find Hollywood banging at his door upon the release of this film. He handles the action superbly (a couple of fight scene’s seem to go on a bit, but this was a ‘work-in-progress’ cut we saw, so there is time to tighten them up), and he manages to inject enough humour alongside the brutal violence effortlessly. Fans of the comic will be glad to know that plenty of blood is still spilled, and the violence has only slightly been curbed from the comic, keeping Mark Millar’s ultra-violent tone intact.

Although the film was a rough early cut, everything seemed in it’s place apart from the music (there are replacement bits and pieces from Dark Knight, Superman, 28 Days Later, and possibly I think heard some from X-Men in one bit), some of the dubbing was still to be done too, but the biggest thing that we didn’t get to see what Romita’s animated section, which only appeared as a rough idea of how it will look, but it still looked quite cool.

Still from what we saw, I’m quite confident in saying this is up there with the best comic films I’ve ever seen (Spiderman 2, Dark Knight), and probably one of the best films i’ve seen all year. It’s rude, lewd, naughty and knowing. The violence is brutal, the laughs come thick and fast, and the tone is pitch perfect. At just under two hours long, the film seems to drag in the middle, but the spectacular finale more than dispels any qualms I had with that. There are a couple of plot points that feel fumbled, but that will hopefully be sorted in the final cut.

What Matthew Vaughan and everyone involved with Kick-Ass is just brilliant. They’ve created the ultimate super-hero origin film, one that never feels forced, but always organic, natural, and gut-bustingly funny in the process. Full of cultural references, fanboy in-jokes, and a genuinely comic script, this is the deconstruction of the superhero film that the genre needs at the start of the next decade, something that the Watchmen film failed to do, but the Watchmen comic did for comics in the 1980s. I can’t wait to see it again, and judging by the audience response at the screening, this should be a huge hit.

Oh and it sets up Kick-Ass 2 nicely, but i’ll be damned if i’m going to get excited about a sequel before this even comes out…

It’ll be tough.

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Mark Millar has seen Kick-Ass. He says it kicks bottom

Posted by LiveFor on March 18, 2009

‘Kick Ass’ will make $400 million at the box office.” So said Mark Millar, writer and creator of the Kick-Ass comic. He had just returned from a trip to London where he screened ‘Watchmen‘ and then saw a cut of his own movie at the production offices. He goes on “I loved ‘Watchmen’…but I’m absolutely convinced Kick-Ass is going to be the biggest comic-based movie this year.”

“The insane sales on the book suggest we’ve stumbled onto something here, tapped into an idea people wanted to see, and I think that same madness is going to carry over into the mainstream audience for the movie. Matthew sent me eight minutes of the picture last week and the energy in this thing, stuff I’d just never seen in cinema before, literally made me lose Tuesday and Wednesday at work. I just watched the clips over and over and this same feeling hit me like a juggernaut when I saw vast chunks of the picture in the editing suite. NOTHING can prepare you for Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz) in particular. People are going to lose their shit when this comes out. I knew it was going to be good, but this is about four hundred times better than I even imagined and I can’t wait until you guys see the first trailer in a short while.
What made it especially fun is that I watched a chunk of it with the marketing people drafted in later in the afternoon. These were three industry people who have worked on everything from Hulk and Wanted to romantic comedies for the various studios and their reaction was hilarious. Their eyes went wide, their jaws dropped and they kept looking at us, giggling and looking as excited as twelve year olds. I’m telling you, boys and girls, we are ONTO something here.

I. Cannot. Bloody. Wait.

Brad Pitt was over two weeks back and also lost his mind when he saw this. Buzz around the studios is great, Matthew releasing 40 mins to several if these guys in the last few weeks and studio heads losing their minds. After EVERYBODY turning it down (unless we heavily edited the scripts) we now have these suckas exactly where we want them. We’ve remained resolute, making exactly the kind of film we WANTED to make and I could not be more happy with the finished result. Big props to Matthew, Jane and Tarquin for making this all real and not buckling to the studio system.”

Aaron Johnson stars as Kick-Ass and it also features Nicholas Cage, Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Matthew Vaughn is directing.

Obviously it is his creation and he’s great at bigging up his stuff so I’m taking all this with a grain of salt. However, it may well have the gore quotient for the fan boys out there. I have enjoyed the comic, but I can’t see what it could have in it that we have never seen before. Maybe it would help if the comic book series was actually finished. Mind you I can’t wait to see John Romita Jr’s animated segment in the film. I wonder if Nicholas Cage will be in his good or bad phase in this?

Source: Mania

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First Official Photos of Kick-Ass

Posted by LiveFor on November 14, 2008

Here are the first official photos of Aaron Johnson as Mark Millar’s Kick-Ass. Looks just like the comic book and appears to be the scene where Kick-Ass has his first the fight which gets filmed, put on youtube and makes him famous.

It is directed by Matthew Vaughn from a script adapted by Jane Goldman. I also recently posted the story that John Romita Jr will be directing an animated sequence in the film. What do you think of the photos?


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Kick-Ass – Millar’s next comic to movie

Posted by LiveFor on July 11, 2008

Mark Millar’s comic book, Kick-Ass, is going the movie route. He’s had huge success with Wanted so looks like all his books are getting picked up. Mind you Kick-Ass has always been multimedia with the initial push on MySpace and the Youtube viral advertising (see below).
Kick-Ass is all about a 16 year old lad who decides to become a superhero. He gets a costume, works out and goes out on patrol. Obviously he gets seriously beaten up. It’s a pretty good comic with lovely art work by the wonderful John Romita Jr.

The movie is going to be directed by Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, Stardust) with a script penned by Jane Goldman. There is a great interview in the Evening Times with Mark Millar where this gets mentioned along with Wanted and taking his 10 year old daughter to meet all the famous Hollywood people.
No word on who will be playing Kick-Ass but Millar says that, “it’s a heart-throb to make jaws drop”.

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