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Kick-Ass 2 director talks story direction, start date, and whether Hit Girl will return

May. 21, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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Seems that what was once rumor is now very much a fact - KICK ASS 2: BALLS TO THE WALL will begin shooting in London this September under the watchful eye of producer (and director of KICK-ASS) Matthew Vaughn.  Jeff Wadlow (NEVER BACK DOWN, CRY_WOLF) has already written the adaptation of Mark Millar's sequel comic and will be taking on directing duties as well - for those KICK-ASS fans amongst you who might be a bit suspicious about his selection, perhaps some of what he had to say the Kapow! Comic Convention will set your mind at ease:

"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."

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I don't really know what "heart" or "emotion" he is talking about in the first movie, but I've also already been plenty public about my dislike for it.  But if Wadlow can find those things for his version of KICK-ASS 2: BALLS TO THE WALL, I might actually enjoy myself. As for Hit Girl/Chloe Grace Moretz (spoiler for the comic below):

"Well, nothing is official yet. But I had breakfast with Chloe two weeks ago and she's read the script and she's very excited about what we're doing with Hit-Girl. 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 something 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 Motherf***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."

Amber Heard on a yellow-green couch

Amber Heard starred in NEVER BACK DOWN, as well as my dreams.

Extra Tidbit: So Schmoes - what do you think of Wadlow's plans for KICK-ASS 2?

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4:07AM on 05/22/2012
Just finished reading the second book. Awesome story all the way to the end. Hit-Girl steals the show again in this new story arc.
Just finished reading the second book. Awesome story all the way to the end. Hit-Girl steals the show again in this new story arc.
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11:22PM on 05/21/2012
Oh yeah! Lets really hurt some people! Folks come down hard on the first movie but really its such a fresh take on the superhero tale. and if you read the comics, the source material for this sequel is as solid as it gets.
Oh yeah! Lets really hurt some people! Folks come down hard on the first movie but really its such a fresh take on the superhero tale. and if you read the comics, the source material for this sequel is as solid as it gets.
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7:34PM on 05/21/2012
wait did i miss something cuz this article was all over the place? Is Vaughn returning to direct this or not?

I did quite enjoy the first Kick-Ass i t was funny, smart & violent.
wait did i miss something cuz this article was all over the place? Is Vaughn returning to direct this or not?

I did quite enjoy the first Kick-Ass i t was funny, smart & violent.
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7:15PM on 05/21/2012
Hit Girl was in the sequel comics more than he gives credit for and, especially at the end, she is more important than he lets on. I want to see this made. The sequel comic does some radical, toeing-the-line kind of stuff, and I am eager to see it play out on film. I honestly don't think this guy is the best choice of directors, but he could be a surprise. The film needs to be brave and actually go through with a lot of what happens in the comic, as it's all pretty important stuff and really
Hit Girl was in the sequel comics more than he gives credit for and, especially at the end, she is more important than he lets on. I want to see this made. The sequel comic does some radical, toeing-the-line kind of stuff, and I am eager to see it play out on film. I honestly don't think this guy is the best choice of directors, but he could be a surprise. The film needs to be brave and actually go through with a lot of what happens in the comic, as it's all pretty important stuff and really presses hard the brutal nature of this entire series.
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5:34PM on 05/21/2012
well from reading this it sounds like Hit Girl will be in the movie. The question is will she actually be Hit Girl for the entire movie, and will the original actress return?
well from reading this it sounds like Hit Girl will be in the movie. The question is will she actually be Hit Girl for the entire movie, and will the original actress return?
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3:43PM on 05/21/2012

well

that was a misleading title..
that was a misleading title..
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1:44PM on 05/21/2012

Never read the comic(s)...

But I freakin LOVED the movie. Definitely want a sequel but Hit-Girl must come with it.
But I freakin LOVED the movie. Definitely want a sequel but Hit-Girl must come with it.
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1:38PM on 05/21/2012
I wish Vaughn was directing again, he just hit the absolute perfect tone for the first movie. I guess he really wouldn't have had time though, with First Class 2 starting in January. Looking forward to this, regardless.
I wish Vaughn was directing again, he just hit the absolute perfect tone for the first movie. I guess he really wouldn't have had time though, with First Class 2 starting in January. Looking forward to this, regardless.
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12:13PM on 05/21/2012

Chloe or this movie is just a no go for me

Although I loved the first movie I have to admit that most of my liking came from chloe's performance.
Although I loved the first movie I have to admit that most of my liking came from chloe's performance.
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11:52AM on 05/21/2012
cant wait for this movie but its nothing without chloe
cant wait for this movie but its nothing without chloe
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10:30AM on 05/21/2012
nobody i know came away from the film saying wow that kick-ass character was ace everyone was going "hit-girl now she kicked ass" but yeah i'm hopeful for a sequel and at least it sounds like its not just the same story different outfit
nobody i know came away from the film saying wow that kick-ass character was ace everyone was going "hit-girl now she kicked ass" but yeah i'm hopeful for a sequel and at least it sounds like its not just the same story different outfit
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10:01AM on 05/21/2012

LOVED Kick Ass

But a sequel is not needed and should not be made. Leave well-enough alone and let the movie stand on it's own. Hollywood always think a sequel is necessary to a great movie but it is not.
But a sequel is not needed and should not be made. Leave well-enough alone and let the movie stand on it's own. Hollywood always think a sequel is necessary to a great movie but it is not.
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5:39PM on 05/21/2012
these kinds of movies (super hero/action) always deserve sequels if their done right!
these kinds of movies (super hero/action) always deserve sequels if their done right!
9:48AM on 05/21/2012
Somewhat good news, but the directing choice isn't that good. As long as the cast is stellar and Hit Girl is back, then it'll be okay. The first one was okay, not to ooh and ahh about.
Somewhat good news, but the directing choice isn't that good. As long as the cast is stellar and Hit Girl is back, then it'll be okay. The first one was okay, not to ooh and ahh about.
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7:39AM on 05/21/2012
In the comics, Hit-Girl is sort of sidelined. In the movie, she will have a significant role. For, Moretz is a bankable star. A person respects Wadlow's business decision. Movie fans want more Hit-Girl, so this Kick-Ass adaptation delivers. Okay.
In the comics, Hit-Girl is sort of sidelined. In the movie, she will have a significant role. For, Moretz is a bankable star. A person respects Wadlow's business decision. Movie fans want more Hit-Girl, so this Kick-Ass adaptation delivers. Okay.
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