Yesterday we brought you an interview with director Jeff Wadlow as he talked about what his plans are for Kick-Ass 2, specifically with how he's going to handle the character Hit Girl by beefing up her role in the movie. Today we have some comments from Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar as he discusses how Wadlow came on to direct the movie, the casting, and where he might end up taking Kick-Ass 3.
Here's a few Q&A quotes for you from the Digital Spy interview...
So Jeff Wadlow has been appointed as director on Kick-Ass 2. Why was he chosen to helm the project?
"Matthew Vaughn chose the director about 18 months ago secretly because he knew he wasn't going to be doing Kick-Ass 2 since he had taken on the X-Men franchise."
There are some very controversial scenes in the Kick-Ass 2 comic book. Will it have to be toned down for the screen?
"Every horrible scene in the book will be in the film. The c**t line in the first one, everybody said 'there's no way you're getting that in the movie', but it happened and it's the same thing with this. Everybody is saying 'you can't have a gang rape scene with supervillains' and 'you can't have the dog's head cut off', but every single one of those scenes will go in it."
How much material from the Hit-Girl spinoff comic is going to make it into Kick-Ass 2?
"Hit-Girl will be the first 30 minutes of the movie and then the next 70 minutes is Kick-Ass 2. So Hit-Girl is structured as the first act."
Are the original cast on course to return for the sequel? We understand that there may be some scheduling concerns over Chloe Moretz.
"As far as we know everyone is scheduled to come back, unless somebody is hit by a bus or something. Chloe has a busy schedule but she has to stop sometime."
The Red Mist character undergoes a radical change in the sequel. Do you think Christopher Mintz-Plasse is up to the job of playing The Motherf**ker?
"Totally! The thing I love about it is there was a movie I saw years ago called Once Upon a Time in the West, and Henry Fonda, who is the nicest all-American actor of that era shoots a child at the start of that film, and you're like 'oh my God', because it's Henry Fonda. If you saw somebody who is a bad guy, like a Lee Van Clief type, doing that it's not nearly as shocking.
"So to see the guy you know as the charming McLovin doing awful things, it's going to be doubly upsetting, and that was always the plan. He's a very, very underrated actor. I think sometimes if you do comedy, people don't accept that you are a serious actor, but he's one of those guys who can turn his mind to anything."
So what's coming up in Kick-Ass 3? SPOILERS for those who haven't read the comics!
"People who've read the comic will know that the second one ends on a cliffhanger. Hit-Girl's been arrested and she's in prison, Dave has lost his dad and he's kind of destitute. The third one will be set two years later, and it's about where their lives are now, picking it up from there.
"Hit-Girl has killed 80-something people by this point, so they're never going to let her out. She's like a tiny Myra Hindley.
"It's basically illegal to wear a costume at this point, so that's quite interesting. I used to love Marvel Comics where the cops were chasing superheroes, seeing them as menaces because they're not licensed in any way. So I kind of like the idea of bringing that back, because in reality there's no way a cop or a fireman is going to let a guy in a suit run into a building.
"I like the idea that after they have stopped a mugging they have to run away for the police. That old-fashioned superhero thing."
What do you think about what Millar had to say about the film, and are you excited about the return of Kick-Ass and Hit Girl on the big screen?