As we reported not too long ago, writer/director Jeff Wadlow was hand picked by Matthew Vaughn as his replacement to put boot to posterior in Kick-Ass 2, the sequel to Vaughn’s 2010 smash hit. Based on Mark Millar’s ultra-violent comic, the original film also helped catapult Chloe Moretz into super-stardom with her foul-mouthed turn as the 12-year old vigilante, Hit-Girl.
Speaking at the Kapow! Comic Con, the Never Back Down director spoke about what he feels he will be bringing to the table on the sequel and also whether or not Chloe Moretz will be donning the purple wig and domino mask again.
While Millar’s original comic was certainly filled with its fair share of dramatic moments, most of these were of the shock-tactic variety. Vaughn’s adaptation though managed to find a bit more heart to it, which is what made the drama work. Wadlow hopes to keep this going with the sequel which he will be scripting as well as directing:
“I think the most important thing that’s gonna change from the Kick-Ass 2 comic to Kick-Ass 2 the movie was just really finding an emotional story to tell. Because what I certainly loved about the first film, and what I think elevated it above most comic book adaptations, is the heart and the emotion in the film. It was sort of my challenge as the film maker and storyteller to find something as emotional in the second film and I think we have some stuff that people are gonna really respond to.”
For the sequel, Wadlow has adapted not only Millar’s Kick-Ass 2, but also incorporated elements of the Hit-Girl spin-off mini-series, to make the fan favourite character more integral to the story.
“If you’ve read the comic, you know, she gives up being Hit-Girl, which was a brilliant idea I thought on Mark’s part. It’s something I explore quite deeply in the movie because what happens in the comic is she sort of steps away from the story in many ways and she’s sort of sidelined while Dave is working with Justice Forever and Chris is becoming the Mother[frick]er. But I was quite interested in what happens to her when she’s not being Hit-Girl. Her story is a major, major part of the film and she’s excited about the ideas and we’re in talks.”
That last “we’re in talks” bit is the most interesting part of that sentence, as it strongly implies Moretz’s involvement. And while you may think that reprising her role would be a no-brainer, the problem is that since Kick-Ass Moretz has become one of the most in-demand young actresses in Hollywood. Her schedule is pretty full and it will require the type of juggling skills normally seen at Cirque du Soleil to be able to fit in another big budget film. Especially since the biggest of her upcoming projects, the Carrie remake, already has a March 2013 release date, which will make the proposed August production start on Kick-Ass 2 a tad bit tricky.
(Source: Comic Book Movie)