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Mark Millar Says KICK-ASS 2 and AMERICAN JESUS Shoot This Summer

According to comic book writer Mark Millar, Kick-Ass 2 and American Jesus will shoot this summer. Kick-Ass 2 is a movie I would love to see, but I wasn't sure if the sequel would get a big screen adaptation. I hoped it would, but in previous interviews it didn't sound like it would be happening anytime soon. Then all of a sudden, Millar says it will be shooting this summer! I hope that's true! Here's the exact quote from the Daily Record:

We shoot Kick-Ass 2 and American Jesus this summer. Then Matthew and I have Secret Service, which is a neddy James Bond.

I guess we'll find out soon enough if this bit if info is right or not. During the same interview Millar discusses his comic book film adaptations, what they are about and what he would like to see from them. Let's start off with his American Jesus, which is a modern tale of Christ’s second-coming in which the savior hides out in Scotland.

It was pure convenience. Jesus could have gone anywhere in the story. I thought, ‘you know what, where is nearest to my house?’.

I am trying to throw Coatbridge or Glasgow or Ayrshire into every story. I find it hard not to be patriotic because you are talking about your friends and family and Scotland is an extension of that.

If you are doing a movie about the return of Jesus as the Bible prophesied in the Book of Revelation, you have got to do it straight and treat it with dignity. I’m not taking the p***. It will be treated like a proper film.

I have never been cool. I am a Catholic and go to mass. A lot of people are surprised because much of my work is irreverent and expect the same with American Jesus. But I want it to be a beautiful film.

A film about the returned Jesus Christ has amazing artistic potential. Jesus shows up in the middle of the financial crisis, America is in turmoil and the Eurozone is collapsing. They are quite apocalyptic times that we are living in with the gap between rich and poor.

It is the reverse of the Omen, which is about a kid who finds out he is the anti-Christ. This is a kid who finds out he is Jesus Christ.

He then goes on to talk about his Secret Service project, which tell the tale of a London rioter hand-picked by MI6 to be a spy.

We came up with this idea of a wee ned who becomes a gentleman spy, ditching his trainers for his Savile Row suits and being taught how to speak properly.

The reason he gets chosen is that a guy like that is disposable. I am a massive Bond fan and Secret Service is like My Fair Lady meets James Bond.

I am halfway through the comic and Matthew and I are halfway through the script. There is a good role for a 50-something actor to play an older gentleman spy training this young kid. There are not a lot of tough actors in that age group but you would never believe Colin Firth or Hugh Grant in a fight scene. We are bouncing names around.

I enjoy reading Millar's work, and so far the movie based on his material has been awesome, so I'm looking forward to seeing more. Out of all of Millar's work, what is your favorite comic or film?

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