This time two years ago, fans of the funny, gloriously profane and violent superhero flick Kick-Ass were looking forward to a sequel that summer, and even looking beyond to Kick-Ass 3. Writer Mark Millar, who co-created the comic book on which the films are based, was already laying out teasers for what the third film would be like. It seemed we would definitely be entering trilogy territory with this bloody vigilante franchise, and then Kick-Ass 2 came out ...
Though the sequel made more than double its budget at the box office, it couldn't touch its predecessor in terms of box-office or critical acclaim, and by the summer of 2014 some of the film's stars, including Hit-Girl Chloe Grace Moretz, were publicly doubtful that a third film would be possible. It's been a year and a half since Kick-Ass 2, and we've heard nothing concrete about Kick-Ass 3, but don't count the film out just yet, because Matthew Vaughn has a plan.
Vaughn, who directed and co-wrote Kick-Ass and produced Kick-Ass 2, is making the interview rounds to promote his new film Kingsman: The Secret Service (also adapted from a Millar comic), and it's no surprise that, in at least one of those conversations, the future of the Kick-Ass franchise came up. Vaughn said he and Millar are indeed working on something that could keep the series going, but it's not Kick-Ass 3 ... not yet. First, they're hoping to take a similar approach to Millar's 2011 revival of the X-Men franchise, First Class, and a deliver a prequel.
"Do you know what's going to be next if I do it... we've finished plotting it. What we have to do is, we've got to do the First Class to the Kick-Ass world. We lost a few fans on Kick-Ass 2. It wasn't as loved as one would've hoped. So we have this idea for a Hit-Girl prequel. It's a really strong, really simple prequel where I think we can regain the love and the passion. If that happens, I'm pretty sure I can persuade Aaron [Taylor-Johnson] and Chloe [Moretz] to come back and finish the story of Kick-Ass with Kick-Ass 3."
Hit-Girl was the show-stealer in the first Kick-Ass film, and it's a safe bet that many fans of that film would want to see more of her early crime-fighting days, particularly if Nicolas Cage could be persuaded to return as her fellow vigilante and father, Big Daddy. Of course, it's been five years since Moretz first played the role, and she's an adult now, so it's likely that another young actress would be brought in to fill the role. Vaughn also mentioned acclaimed action director Gareth Evans (The Raid) as a possible future director for the franchise, but noted that, at this point, even the Hit-Girl idea hasn't produced a complete script yet.
So, we have no idea if it'll work, or when we'll see the fruits of this labor, but Vaughn and Millar aren't counting the Kick-Ass franchise out yet. What do you think? Would you watch a Hit-Girl prequel film?