Universal hopes to have KICK-ASS 2 into production by this coming August.

Universal hopes to have KICK-ASS 2 into production by this coming August.

Writer Mark Millar has confirmed that a deal with Universal has been signed to produce the sequel to the runaway hit film from 2010,  Kick-Ass , with the previous film’s director Michael Vaughan returning as producer.  He is unlikely to return to direct it since he is expected to be busy with a follow-up to X-Men: First Class. He has apparently chosen Never Back Down helmer Jeff Wadlow to direct in his stead.. Aaron Johnson and Christopher Mintz-Passe are both expected to return, and though Chloe Moretz has been announced as reprising her role as Hit Girl, there’s some doubt as to whether that will actually happen.  Moretz is also going to be working on the Carrie remake, so there may be some scheduling conflicts.  It’s a lot to take on, and Moretz is just fifteen years old.

Michael Vaughn wrote the script for the project, which adapts not only Kick-Ass 2, the recent comic miniseries, but also the spinoff Hit-Girl, which is due in stores next month. The Hit-Girl storyline will be the first act of the movie, according to sources.

Johnny Romita Jr., artist for the series, has indicated that he hopes to create an animated sequence for the film.

Vaughan self-financed the first film, which took $96 million on a budget of $30 million. .  The new film is has a tentative release date sometime in May of 2013.

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