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Kick-Ass 2 is in the works according to Mark Millar

Posted by LiveFor on June 10, 2009

SciFi Wire have an interview with comic book writer Mark Millar about Kick-Ass directed by Matthew Vaughn.

“Wanted made a fortune. It made a ton of money, and it was a property nobody had ever heard of. And I think Kick-Ass is going to be even bigger,” Millar says.

“Kick-Ass 2 is already being plotted out. We’re planning it, because all the actors are quite young and we have to make it relatively quickly. So we’ll definitely do that inside the next 18 to 24 months.”

We have yet to see a trailer to the first film and there is no distibutor in place for it just yet. However, as Millar says, Wanted was quite a big hit and if this is marketed just right Kick-Ass could be another.

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Hallelujah – Millar’s American Jesus may rise to the big screen

Posted by LiveFor on March 26, 2009

Director Matthew Vaughn (“Stardust,” “Layer Cake”) is eyeing American Jesus, another adaptation of a comic by Wanted author Mark Millar, as his next film says The Hollywood Reporter.

The story centers on the return of Christ in the modern world, leading to a final confrontation with the Antichrist in a bid to save humanity.

The comic began life as a three-issue Dark Horse mini-series in 2006 entitled Chosen. That plan was expanded into a trilogy of mini-series with the second, The Resurrection, being released this Autumn.

Vaughn is presently in post-production on the adaption of Millar’s “Kick Ass”. Like that film, it’s likely this one will be financed independently.

The pair are also developing a still unannounced action film project.

Now I’ve read Chosen and unless I’m getting mixed up with another comic that deals with a kid who finds out he is actually the second coming of Christ and then has to convince the World, then I am not sure how the series can carry on as expected. Anyone else read it and know what I’m talking about?

Needless to say that, like Kick-Ass, this will have people up in arms once it hits the mainstream.

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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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Kick-Ass – New photos

Posted by LiveFor on January 14, 2009

The photos above is Aaron Johnson as the title character Dave Lizewski. Below is a photo of Nicolas Cage and Chloe Moretz as Big Daddy and Hit Girl.

Kick-Ass is directed by Matthew Vaughn (Stardust, Layer Cake) and based on the comic by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.

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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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Y: The Last Man news – Shia LaBeouf as Yorick, Ampersand will be a real monkey!

Posted by LiveFor on September 16, 2008

It has been known for a while that D.J. Caruso’s first film in a planned Y: The Last Man trilogy was aiming for 2010, and he’s given a new update to UGO. The director of Disturbia and Eagle Eye confirms that the script by Carl Ellsworth (Disturbia, Red Eye) was turned in last week to Warner Bros., a studio that’s said to be heavily enthusiastic and committed to the big budget endeavor. Moreover, he added that while Shia LaBeouf remains attached to the main character—a young Brooklynite named Yorick Brown who becomes the last man on an Earth populated with combative, horny women—the previously rumored Alicia Keys is not a lock to play Yorick’s government-hired protector codenamed 355…

“She’s definitely someone to consider. I thought she did a really cool job in [Smokin’ Aces]… So really, the one thing, I think I’ve mentioned this to you, I’m going for, and it’s not quite there yet on the page. I’d love to have sort of a (Robert) DeNiro/(Charles) Grodin relationship between 355 and (Yorick). Kind of a Midnight Run relationship…I think Alicia’s a great girl and everything but I have to make sure that she can handle the acting part of it.”

Caruso informs that fans have already mentioned Kill Bill’s Lucy Liu for the part of Dr. Mann—a brilliant hands-on Chinese/Japanese geneticist who happens to be a lesbian—but he hasn’t given any actresses much consideration. Mann would play a larger part in a proposed second film.

Caruso let it be known that Yorick’s monkey Ampersand—a seminal character in the comics—will in fact be a real monkey in the film(s).

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Nicholas Cage photos in Kick-Ass

Posted by LiveFor on September 10, 2008

This from First Showing:

“If I absolutely have to go to jail for a comic-book movie then I accept no substitutes. This is the one. I hereby declare Kick-Ass as the greatest movie of 2009.” That’s how author Mark Millar starts out his blog on the production of Kick-Ass, the comic book adaptation directed by Matthew Vaughn that’s currently shooting in London. In addition to Millar’s lengthy update, the guys over at have snagged a few photos of Nic Cage, who doesn’t play the title character, but rather a guy named Damon who is the father of a little 11-year-old hit-girl. Millar’s blog update comes from (via SlashFilm) and is an interesting read, although he seems more excited about this movie than I have ever been.

Millar says that nothing “can prepare you for Nic and Chloe as Big Daddy and Hit-Girl. As I said to Nic after the first scene was shot on Saturday morning, this is a movie about comic-book guys MADE by comic-book guys. We are absolutely in our comfort zone here and doing something really special. Cage’s eyes just gleamed. He said it’s the most excited he’s been by a role in a long time.”

If you’re just a moviegoer like me and haven’t ever picked up the comic, let’s give you an idea of what it’s like. “The first scene shot on the movie was the first scene I wrote on the comic (now the opening to issue six) and it’s Hit-Girl in her secret identity, wearing a Hello Kitty T-shirt and a kevlar vest as her Dad pumps round after round into her chest so she knows how a bullet feels.” They’ve only been shooting for just a few days, but Millar has already proclaimed Chloe Moretz, who plays the hit-girl, as the star of the show. “Chloe Moretz is going to be a superstar after this picture. There are so many great actors and characters running around here, but this kid is just spectacular.” Starring in the lead role is Aaron Johnson and also part of the cast are Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Lyndsy Fonseca.

More photos of Cage here.


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News on Mark Millar’s Kick Ass movie – Mclovin?

Posted by LiveFor on August 15, 2008

Matthew Vaughn, who directed Stardusthas managed to get the cash from private investors to get the Kick-Ass movie on the roll as the studios felt it was just too violent. It follows a a 15-year-old boy named Dave Lizewski who attempts to become a real-life superhero. The catch is that he has no powers or any of the stereotypical reasons for choosing to fight crime.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse, aka McLovin from Superbad, will play a character known as Red Mist who is the angry teen son of a mobster who tries to find and uncover Kick-Ass’ identity. Also starring alongside of Mintz-Plasse is Chloe Moretz, who will play a “ferocious, potty-mouthed 11-year-old who chops down crime thugs with a ninja sword.”

Still no word on who will play the lead role.

Have you read the comic? What do you think of this news?

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