Mark Millar, the co-creator of comic book Kick-Ass and exec producer of the hit movie of the same name, has expressed doubts that its sequel will be made with the same team.
Speaking to HeroComplex about the chances of having all the same players from the first film returning, Millar said:
The first movie exploded all our careers. So everybody involved suddenly got hired for a million different things, and re-forming the band again would be impossible.
While Kick-Ass opened poorly, both in the US and the UK, it went on to gross $98 million (£63 million) from an estimated $30 million (£19.3 million) budget. It is also fared decisively better on home entertainment sales, which greatly improves its sequel chances.
Millar cast major doubt on a return for the first film’s director Matthew Vaughn. The comic book writer believes Vaughn may step aside from directing and hand the megaphone duties to another.
In the interview he stated, “I’d imagine that Matthew will produce and possibly co-write, like George Lucas did with The Empire Strikes Back, and hire a new director.”
The other issue with a possible sequel is the age of the hero protagonists. As time moves on the actors, including Chloe Moretz and Aaron Johnson, will be less and less able to fit the high school personas. But Millar offered a word of hope on the sequel status saying, “I think people will be pretty happy with the conversations we’ve been having.”
Kick-Ass 2 has no planned release date or shooting schedule.