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.
Check out this interview of Chloe with Shock Till You Drop where they talk about Dark Shadows, Carrie and Kick Ass 2:
Shock Till You Drop: I’m sure Tim Burton is a name that you grew up with, watching his films. You’ve also appeared in a quite a few genre roles. It seems like working with him is, in many ways, a perfect fit.
Chloë Grace Moretz: Yeah, definitely. I’ve always kind of gravitated towards darker roles, but I also just try and find the best projects that I really connect to and that I feel – not just on a personal level – will stretch me as an actor and let me manipulate myself to do cool stuff.
Shock: It’s kind of crazy that you beat Johnny Depp to playing a vampire.
Moretz: Oh yeah, you’re right! I did that when I was 12. There you go. I was young. A younger vampire.
Shock: Does a similiar mentality come into play between acting in Let Me In and Dark Shadows?
Moretz: That one was a lot darker. Much darker. My vampire was very, very, very, very dark. His vampire has some light areas and kind of funny bits. Mine was not as pretty. In this, she doesn’t want to be part of the family and has a very dark secret. She’s a very special character. Carolyn is this young Woodstock-type girl who’s all about free love and open but, at the same time, she’s dealing with more stuff than anyone can even imagine. She’s not just going through the transitional phase of 15, but she’s dealing with stuff that no one can understand.
Shock: Carolyn is a big fan of the music of the day. Did you go back and find yourself enjoying any specific ’70s songs?
Moretz: Oh yeah! Simon and Garfunkel and Cat Stevens and The Carpenters! So many things!
Shock: You actually get to perform a song with Alice Cooper in this.
Moretz: I did get to perform with Alice Cooper! That was very special. That was a highlight of my career.
Shock: When projects come along these days, what is it you’re looking for as far as roles go?
Moretz: Right now, I’m just thinking about roles that I’d like to see myself in or that I’d like to see made. So far, every role I’ve done I’ve been very proud of. I choose roles that will stretch me emotionally and physically as an actor. Right now it’s Carrie. I start that June 1st. I can’t really say much about it, but keep an eye out. I’m doing a lot of pre-production. You can check out Kimberly Peirce’s Facebook page. She’s keeping everyone updated on what I’m doing.
Shock: The reaction to her getting the job really turned a lot of heads. Before that, everyone was saying, “We don’t need a remake of ‘Carrie’!” Now it seems like everyone is excited to consider what she’s going to bring to the project.
Moretz: It’s going to be very well done. I don’t want to jinx it, but she’s is a genius, genius, genius director. I would never do it with someone that I don’t trust. I trust her more than a lot of the directors I’ve worked with. She’s the right woman for the job. Read More
EA: What do you think of the casting? Chloë Moretz looks almost ridiculously like the character in the novel as you describe her, even down to the big, plummy mouth. As Luli she’s a lot hotter than as the vampire girl in Let Me In. And what about Blake Lively and Eddie Redmayne, who’s become quite the heartthrob?
AP: Let’s face it. Chloë Moretz existing right now is really lucky for the film. I can’t imagine anyone else in that role. Also, Chloe herself has a lot of Luli’s qualities… smart, funny, precocious, sharp, intellectually curious, sometimes just a kid goofing around, two seconds later beyond her years. She’s really kind of a little miracle.
I am giddy for people to see Eddie Redmayne as Eddie Kreezer. He’s just riveting. It’s beyond anything I had ever dreamed of. It’s nice, too, because off camera he’s just a really kind, smart, self-deprecating, English gent. He’s top shelf. Blake Lively came to the set with the novel book-marked and dog-eared and she wanted to add more dialogue from the book. So, of course, I was thrilled. (Any novelist would be.) She was really smart about the role. Glenda is not an easy role to play and she nailed it.
EA: Did you bond with Chloë over the film?
AP: I did get along well with Chloë and her family. They’re really good people. It’s funny, too, because in a lot of these blogs people are expressing concern over her growing up too fast. And I’m thinking… No, no, if anything Chloë is much more insulated and protected than most girls her age. Her mom, Teri, and her brother, Trevor, who is also her acting couch, make sure she’s got an amazing, secure foundation. And that she goes to bed early. It’s really sweet, actually.