But before Vaughn’s spy-fi action comedy became a surprise success, he was already known for directing the 2010’s superhero action comedy film, “Kick-Ass”.
The movie, which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, tells the story of an ordinary teenager named Dave Lizewski who sets out to become a real-life superhero, calling himself “Kick-Ass”. However, he gets caught up in a bigger fight when he meets Big Daddy (played by Nicolas Cage), a former cop who has trained his 11-year-old daughter (Chloë Grace Moretz) to be the ruthless vigilante Hit-Girl. Both of them are on the quest to bring down the crime boss Frank D’Amico (played by Mark Strong) and his son (played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse).
The film received generally positive reviews by both critics and audiences, despite having generated some controversy for its profanity and violence performed by a child. It gained a strong cult following and spawned a sequel in 2013, but the sequel was written and directed by Jeff Wadlow while Vaughn served as the producer. Johnson, Mintz-Plasse, and Moretz reprised their respective roles, but the sequel failed to gross more than first film and received a lot of negative reviews.
Even though Vaughn is currently working on a planned “Flash Gordon” remake and “Kingsman” sequel, he has recently expressed his interests to revive the “Kick-Ass” franchise, explaining to Yahoo that he’s “not happily done with the franchise”.
In the exclusive Yahoo! UK interview, he said:
We’re working on an idea for a prequel of how did Hit-Girl and Big Daddy become Hit-Girl and Big Daddy. If we make that, hopefully that will be the sorbet for the people that didn’t like “Kick-Ass 2” and then we can go off and make “Kick-Ass 3”. I think we’ve got to do this prequel to regain the love that we had with “Kick-Ass”.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Vaughn has expressed his interest to develop a sequel and a prequel for the franchise.
In an exclusive interview with JoBlo, Vaughn said that he was hoping to get Taylor-Johnson and Moretz back in the fold even though the latter said she’s “done with Hit-Girl”. However, the British director seems confident that he can bring her aboard the project again.
Do you know what’s going to be next if I do it… we’ve finished plotting it. What we have to do is, we’ve got to do the first class to the “Kick-Ass” world. We lost a few fans on “Kick-Ass 2”. It wasn’t as loved as one would’ve hoped. So we have this idea for a Hit Girl prequel. It’s a really strong, really simple prequel where I think we can regain the love and the passion. If that happens, I’m pretty sure I can persuade Aaron and Chloe to come back and finish the story of “Kick-Ass” with “Kick-Ass 3”.
Vaughn also revealed that that he will not helm the threequel, which will mostly take place in the far east. He said he is looking to hire “The Raid” director Gareth Evans, whom he described as “a really bold, clever director”.
While we’re excited to see a Hit-Girl centric prequel and a sequel for the “Kick-Ass” franchise, Moretz may not sign on to reprise her role because the production team will need to look for a younger version of her foul-mouthed crime-fighting character in the prequel.
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Source: Yahoo! UK