It appears as though a Kick-Ass reboot is on the way. This, according to director Matthew Vaughn, who helmed both previous movies in the franchise. Speaking with Comicbook.com, Vaughn has explained that the rights are going to revert in a couple of years, at which time, a reboot is coming. And he promises it’s going to be nuts.
While promoting The King’s Man, the filmmaker said, “Oh, you’ve got a big reboot, a big reboot of Kick-Ass in two years. Big reboot… It’s so f******g nuts that I can’t talk about it. But we’ve got that ready to go. All the rights revert back in two years and then we’re going to reboot it where people will be like, ‘He is insane.’” Vaughn, however, said “not gonna say” when asked if it would involve a new cast or not.
Vaughn had this to add about why he opted for a reboot instead of a sequel.
“Because I think the clue is in the title. I think Kick-Ass … it became a new type of genre. Everyone went like- whenever we made it, everyone was like, ‘Oh, you can’t make R-rated superheroes. No one will want to see an R-rated superhero. You can’t do this. You can’t do that.’ So, [LAUGH] when we- I had to say ‘dare’ and it was so nuts that I went, ‘Yeah, great. It’ll cause just as much controversy and everyone will talk about it and as many people will love it will hate it.’ Um, but I’m not saying it hasn’t got the characters in it and won’t have, you know. I’m just saying it’s not what any of-anyone could be imagining what it is. And I’m going to need one very, very brave actor or actress to play the new Kick-Ass because it will scare the shit out of them.”
As a refrheser, here’s the synopsis for 2010’s Kick-Ass.
When Dave Lizewski ordinary New York teenager and rabid comic-book geek dons a green-and-yellow internet-bought wetsuit to become the no-nonsense vigilante, Kick-Ass, he soon finds an answer to his own question: because it hurts. But, overcoming all the odds, the eager yet inexperienced Dave quickly becomes a phenomenon, capturing the imagination of the public. However, he’s not the only superhero out there the fearless and highly-trained father-daughter crime-fighting duo, Big Daddy and Hit-Girl have been slowly but surely taking down the criminal empire of local Mafioso, Frank DAmico. And, as Kick-Ass gets drawn into their no-holds-barred world of bullets and bloodletting with Franks son, Chris, now reborn as Kick-Asss arch-nemesis, Red Mist – the stage is set for a final showdown between the forces of good and evil – in which the DIY hero will have to live up to his name. Or die trying
The movies were based on Mark Millar’s comic of the same name. Both Kick-ass and its sequel Kick-Ass 2 were financially quite successful. The pair of movies earned $160 million at the global box office, though the first movie did perform better. Aaron Taylor-Johnson starred in the lead role, with Chloe Grace Moretz starring as Hit-Girl. The first movie also featured Nicolas Cage as Big Daddy. Jim Carrey starred in the follow-up.
It’s unclear at this time if the Kick-Ass reboot is set up somewhere already, be it at a streaming service or major studio. It also isn’t clear if Millar is involved or not. Unfortunately, with the rights still in limbo for a couple of years, we may have to wait a while.