Kick-Ass 2 could enter production this summer

kick ass 2 could enter production this summer kickass

In case you hadn’t noticed, movies based on comic books are kind of a big deal right now. While the lion’s share of the comic-to-film excitement is still swirling around the huge amount of money brought in by The Avengers this past weekend, it seems that other studios are even more keen to put comic book movies into production than they were previously. Specifically, as Deadline reports, Universal is in talks to get Kick-Ass 2 up and running as soon as possible.

The original Kick-Ass, released in 2010 and based on a Mark Millar/John Romita Jr. comic of the same name, tells the story of a young comic book fan who decides to create his own superhero persona and take to the streets in the name of fighting crime. Instead of the uplifting tale of victory over evil one might expect, both the comic and the film offer a relatively grim yet comedic deconstruction of the entire superhero concept, and what it means for a real human being to attempt the kind of superheroics most often seen in the pages of Marvel and DC comic books. In short, the kid gets beat up. A lot.

The sequel, which is to be based on Millar’s Kick-Ass 2: Balls To The Wall, features the original protagonist and little-girl-turned-violent-vigilante Hit Girl teaming up to take on a cadre of villains assembled by The Red Mist — a character from the original comic whose mobster father was the overarching antagonist of the first tale.

Though the original Kick-Ass film was released by Lionsgate, control of the film property has since been granted to director Matthew Vaughn. Though Vaughn is unable to direct the sequel due to his commitment to create a follow up to X-Men: First Class, he has pledged to offer his support to Kick-Ass 2 and its director/writer Jeff Wadlow. Though relatively new to the film making business, Wadlow does have experience in directing his own scripts, most notably 2005’s Cry Wolf.

Though this project is still in the extremely early stages, Universal Pictures hopes to have it officially in development by this August. As the original Kick-Ass had a relatively meager budget of $28 million, yet managed to pull in $103 million worldwide, it seems like a solid investment, especially for those of us hoping to again witness adorable little Chloe Moretz beating the life out of thugs while screaming precociously hilarious swears. That kind of thing never gets old.

Movies & TV

The best new movie trailers: Yesterday, Tolkien, Triple Frontier, and more

Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. That's why we round up the best ones for you. This week, it's trailers for Yesterday, Tolkien, Aladdin, Frozen 2, and Triple Frontier.
Movies & TV

J.J. Abrams wraps production on Star Wars: Episode IX with a heartfelt message

Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams has wrapped production on Star Wars: Episode IX, which he directed and co-wrote. Here's everything we know about the movie before it premieres in December 2019.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Amazon Prime right now (February 2019)

Prime Video provides subscribers with access to a host of fantastic films, but sorting through the catalog can be an undertaking. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Movies & TV

From Roma to Isle of Dogs: Here’s where to watch 2019’s Oscar nominees online

The 2019 Oscar field is a strong one, and if you missed some of the films in theaters, you may be in luck: Several of them are available on popular streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and HBO.
Home Theater

Cutting the cord? Let us help you find the best service for live TV streaming

There's a long list of live TV streaming services available to help you cut the cord and replace your traditional TV subscription. Each is different in important ways, and this guide will help you find the best one for you.
Movies & TV

You should read these epic sci-fi novels before they become blockbuster films

You can get ahead of the next crop of science-fiction movies coming out of Hollywood by picking up the books that inspired them. We compiled a list of books you can add to your reading list now to get a glimpse of the future.
Home Theater

Here's how to turn off subtitles on Netflix, no matter the device

Subtitles are great if you want or need them, but they can be a major headache if you’ve somehow turned them on by accident and can’t figure out how to get rid of them. Don't worry, it's not as complicated as it seems.
Home Theater

Everything to know about Sling TV: Channels, pricing, and more

Sling TV has grown a great deal since its launch. Now there are more channels and more packages to chose from, with prices to match, and more is being added all the time. Everything you need to know is right here.
Movies & TV

Oscar Effects

Every year, five films are nominated for an Academy Award in the “Visual Effects” category. Each of the projects nominated this year offer a unique, inside look at the amazing tricks filmmakers and their talented effects teams use to…
Movies & TV

Eye-popping Alita: Battle Angel delivers a beautifully hollow cyberpunk spectacle

With Alita: Battle Angel, Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron finally deliver a cyberpunk adventure that keeps the action high with groundbreaking visual effects, even when the story falls short.
Home Theater

ATSC 3.0: The next-gen TV update explained

ATSC 3.0 is the next major update to the broadcast standard we use today. Will this be the second coming of free, over-the-air TV? We're here to explain everything about the new standard.
Movies & TV

Ben Affleck explains why he is no longer working on The Batman

Warner Bros. Pictures' The Batman will come out in June 2021, but it needs a new star. Ben Affleck has confirmed he's hanging up the cape and cowl once and for all and explained why on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Podcasts

Apple's wild TV service, Jason Momoa joins Dune, Alita's epic battle

This week on Between the Streams, we'll talk about Apple's radical new TV streaming service, Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron's epic new CG adventure Alita: Battle Angel, Hulu's multiple new Marvel series, and much more.