“Kick-Ass 2” is finally happening, it’s just happening without Matthew Vaughn.
Similar to what we heard rumored late last month, Universal is continuing forth with “Kick-Ass 2” but without the man who wrote and directed the series’ first installment. Deadline has learned that Jeff Wadlow, the man behind “Never Back Down” and “Cry_Wolf,” will be writing and directing the upcoming film.
Fortunately, Wadlow has Vaughn’s stamp of approval. He originally wrote the “Kick-Ass 2” script for Vaughn, but the director couldn’t return to helm the project because of his commitment to the “X-Men: First Class” sequel. Universal opted to give Wadlow the job instead, but with Vaughn’s consent.
Now all Universal has to do is nail down the film’s leads. Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse have all expressed interest in returning to the project before, so the only problem with getting them back on board is scheduling. The plan is to have “Kick-Ass 2” in front of the camera by August.
“Kick-Ass 2 films this Summer. I expect there will be an announcement of some sort in the next week. Certainly before Kapow next month for sure,” Millar wrote on his Millar Hour thread a few weeks back. “Matthew [Vaughn] is co-writing and producing, ‘Kick-Ass’ being a labour of love for him. He selected the perfect director last year and we’re very, very happy. Trust him… he knows what he’s doing.”