Vaughn and Goldman unlikely to return for Kick-Ass 2

News Glen Chapman
8 Jan 2012 - 17:14

In a recent interview Jane Goldman has revealed that it’s unlikely that she or director Matthew Vaughan will be making Kick-Ass 2...

The sequel to Kick-Ass has been talked about for some time now, with director Matthew Vaughn thought to be keen to return to directorial duties for the sequel. That seems to have changed however, as Vaughn now looks unlikely to return, which inevitably does some damage to the chances of the film ever getting put together.

It was Vaughn and his team’s determination that got Kick-Ass made in the first place. After it was shopped around every major studio, he made it as an independent film, and this process is documented on the excellent making of on the Blu-Ray release.

The material is, of course, in place, as Mark Millar’s Kick-Ass 2 comic book series is still ongoing. But in a recent interview with MTV whilst on promotional duties for The Woman in Black, Jane Goldman had the following to say on the project:

"I think the only thing that is fairly sure is that right now, Matthew doesn't have any plans to direct it. He and I are not currently talking about writing it either. It may well be that Matthew oversees (Kick-Ass 2) in a producer role, and I may also be involved in that capacity. I know that there is somebody that Matthew has been talking to who would be interested in writing and directing that. That would be cool."

"It's very tempting, we had such a wonderful time making it. It's such a great bunch of people, people we'd all be incredibly keen to work with again. If we could repeat the experience we had that would be wonderful. I think for whatever reason Matthew feels that he isn't going to be directing that one."

"My own feeling is that I love Mark Millar's follow-up to the comic. I love the second volume of the comic, but whether the movie itself needs a sequel, I'm a little on the fence about that."

I re-watched Kick-Ass just last week and for me it still remains one of the more enjoyable films of recent years, and doesn’t lose any of its shock value on repeat viewings. There’s a relentless energy to the film and it boasts some quite spectacular set pieces. I would be interested to see a sequel, but without the involvement of Vaughn and Goldman, I fear that it would have a tough job living up to its predecessor.

The Woman in Black hits UK cinemas on 10th February.


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