Kick-Ass 2 is close to being a reality.
Universal is in talks with Matthew Vaughn to make and distribute Kick-Ass 2, the sequel to the cult hit comic book movie based on the Mark Millar-John Romita Jr. mini-series of the same name.
Vaughn directed, produced and self-financed the action movie, which was distributed by Lionsgate in 2010.
Vaughn is only producing the sequel, but has hand-picked Jeff Wadlow, who directed 2008’s Never Back Down, to direct.
Vaughn wrote the script for the project, which adapts not only Kick-Ass 2, the recent comic mini-series, but also the spin-off Hit-Girl, which is due in stores next month. The Hit-Girl storyline will be the first act of the movie, according to sources.
The actors whose characters survived the bloody ending of the first movie are expected to return, including Aaron Johnson (who played Kick-Ass), Chloe Moretz (Hit-Girl) and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Red Mist).
This isn’t the first time Universal has come in to make and distribute a sequel of a comic book movie whose first installment was released by another company. In 2008, the studio released Hellboy II: The Golden Army and after the first movie, Hellboy, came from Revolution and Sony.