Kick-Ass sequel to shoot without Matthew Vaughn

A sequel to Kick-Ass is to set to start shooting this August, with a release expected for sometime in May 2013.

Deadline reports that the sequel is being headed by Universal Pictures. The studio only distributed the first film, which was partially funded by director Matthew Vaughn from out of his own pocket. Made on a production budget of $30 million, the film managed to gross $96 million worldwide.

Vaughn is unable to direct, for he is committed to overseeing the sequel to X-Men First Class, but he is expected to be involved as a producer. The Kick-Ass sequel will instead be directed by Jeff Wadlow. Having previously helmed the features Cry Wolf and Never Back Down, Wadlow was brought in by Vaughn to collaborate on the script, but now appears to have been chosen by Vaughn to direct as well.

Universal are now in talks to try and sign up original cast members Aaron Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. However, it could be difficult trying to bag Moretz, given that she is currently involved in four films slated for release next year. 

Mark Miller’s comic book upon which the sequel will be adapted from finished its run in March 2012.

Source: Deadline | Hollywood Reporter

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