Comic book scribe Mark Millar has been writing about it whenever he gets the chance on his site about the upcoming movie adaptation of his “Kick Ass” comic book by “Layer Cake” director Matthew Vaughn, and now the trades are making it official: Vaughn will direct the live-action version of “Kick Ass”, about a nobody high school kid who decides, one day, to put on a homemade costume, sticker a pair of sticks to his back, and become a superhero. In the latest issue, Kick Ass (it takes him a while to come up with the name) gets into more trouble than he bargained for, but gets able assist from a female teen swinging a sword. And oh yeah, she also happens to know how to use it, too.
THR says about the impending project:
Christopher Mintz-Plasse is in negotiations, while Chloe Moretz has been cast in the film, whose violent nature has forced Hollywood studios to pass on making it. Vaughn, however, is such a believer in the project that he raised the money for the $30 million indie project himself.
“Kick-Ass,” written by Millar and drawn by John Romita Jr., follows a high school dweeb who attempts to reinvent himself as a real-world costumed superhero named Kick-Ass who seems doomed to failure because he’s not athletic or coordinated until he runs into real bad guys with real weapons.
The comic is ultraviolent, with kids taking on adults of all stripes. Moretz’s character, for example, is a ferocious, potty-mouthed 11-year-old who chops down crime thugs with a ninja sword. Mintz-Plasse will play the Red Mist, the angry teen son of a mobster who tries to find uncover Kick-Ass’ identity.
The main character, dweeb Dave Lizewski, has not yet been cast. Vaughn also is talking to several high-profile stars to play parents or mobsters.
Wow. Vaughn loves this thing so much (and it’s only on issue #3!), he raised the money himself. Now that’s commitment! But man, I still don’t know how they’re going to translate Millar’s insane world into a movie. We all saw how hard they had with “Wanted” (pretty much only 5% of the books were in the movie), and this one — teen violence to the extreme? Oh man, I can see the parent organizations starting their protest signs now…