There is new information to report on the long-gestating sequel to Kick-Ass from director Jeff Wadlow. The actor negotiations are going well. In fact, they are going so well that it is worth mentioning that the full cast comprised of Chloe Mentz (Dark Shadows), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fright Night, Superbad,) and Aaron Johnson (the title character) is expected to return.
Even Nicolas Cage is up for a reprisal according to Deadline, but the circumstances of that remains a mystery. I am seeing the word ‘cameo’ being thrown about inferring some sort of flashback sequence is likely to be the subject of his appearance. We shall know more once the movie shoots in the fall.
The fact that the sequel is finally getting made should not come as too big of a surprise. With the original Kick-Ass costing only $30 million to produce and grossing over three times that amount at the global box office, it appears that the holdup was due to the lack of studio loyalty needed to push the project forward considering director Matthew Vaughn self-financed the effort.
Vaughn currently has his hands full with the sequel to X-Men: First Class, so a new helmer was needed for this movie. He ended up recruiting a relatively unknown for the gig in Never Back Down’s Jeff Wadlow who also directed Cry Wolf. Both efforts received poor reviews and awful audience scores, but each made a reasonable amount of money on shoe string budgets.