Mark Millar Finally Admits Kick-Ass 2 Might Have To Move Forward Without Matthew Vaughn

While Chloe Moretz, Aaron Johnson and writer Jane Goldman have all expressed their doubts about the possibility of a Kick-Ass 2, comic book creator Mark Millar has spent most of the last year and a half promising people that it will indeed happen. One of the key things that Millar has always pointed to is director Matthew Vaughn's interest in doing another sequel, but considering the filmmaker has been considering other projects, that idea has often been questioned. Finally it seems that Millar has joined the rest of us on planet Earth.

Talking with the Los Angeles Times about the second series run of the Kick-Ass comic book, the author said that because everyone from the first film is now so successful, it may be hard to get everyone back on board for another movie. Despite the fact that most people saw the first installment as a box office disappointment - it made under $20 million in its opening weekend - Millar points out that the movie was made for only $28 million and grossed nearly $100 million worldwide with strong reviews from critics. As a result, some of the more important names, specifically Vaughn, may be out of reach.

"Hopefully, we can use the same actors if and when we do a sequel, but getting Matthew [Vaughn] to direct or Jane to write a movie at this budget would be very difficult because they’re superstars now and they have projects of their own," Millar said. "I’d imagine, if this happens any time soon, that Matthew will produce and possibly co-write, like George Lucas did with The Empire Strikes Back, and hire a new director."

As much as I really liked Kick-Ass (it was one of my favorites in 2010), it's hard not to see the writing on the wall. Lionsgate, who picked up the project for distribution in the United States, wasn't very happy about the movie's domestic performance, where it made less than $50 million, so they probably wouldn't be in too much of a rush to pick up a sequel. Let's decide to be happy with the movie we got and be done with it.

Eric Eisenberg
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NJ native who calls LA home and lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran who is endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.