Who says the studio doesn’t care about fanboy love? Weeks after he brought “Kick-Ass” to Comic Con, Matthew Vaughn’s live-action adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s comic book is getting some solid studio interest. According to THR’s Risky Biz Blog, no less than three studios are currently vying for the title, and are even willing to pony up the seven figure price tag and commit to a hefty advertisement investment to ensure the film doesn’t “sneak” its way into theaters.
After the film’s, well, kick ass debut at Comic Con, studios Lionsgate, Paramount and Universal are now itching to get their hands on the movie. This, after Sony Pictures originally considered taking on the project in the scripting stage, but when their demands that the characters be made older were spurned by Vaughn, they jumped ship. That forced Vaughn to go the indie finance route, and now it looks like the move has paid off.
Written by Mark Millar (“Wanted”) and drawn by John Romita Jr., “Kick-Ass” centers on a high school loser who decides to make himself a superhero suit and fight crime. Later, a sword-slinging tween girl name Hit Girl and her vigilante father enter the picture to take on the mob. It’s probably the most profane, violent, and indecent comic book movie you’ll ever see.
If you missed it, check out the Comic Con trailer here.