February 20, 2012


Take any of the following dates, deadlines or confirmations with a grain of salt because Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) is not known to be the most reliable person when it comes to movie news. However, in a recent interview, the comics writer did give an update on a few of his projects possibly being adapted for the big screen, including Kick-Ass 2, American Jesus and Secret Service. While it looks like Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) won’t be back to direct the sequel to Kick-Ass, Millar suggests that Vaughn may be attached as a producer when they supposedly shoot this summer. Hit the jump for more.

mark-millarIn an interview with the Scottish Daily Record, Millar stated that filming on Kick-Ass 2 would indeed start this summer, along with some other projects:

“We shoot Kick-Ass 2 and American Jesus this summer. Then Matthew and I have Secret Service, which is a neddy James Bond.”

The original 2010 hit starred breakout actress Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Aaron Johnson and Nicolas Cage. The difficulty may come in reuniting the original cast as Moretz and Mintz-Plass have a full slate of projects, something Mintz-Plasse spoke about last year.

Millar did comment further on his other projects, including American Jesus:

“If you are doing a movie about the return of Jesus as the Bible prophesied in the Book of Revelation, you have got to do it straight and treat it with dignity. I’m not taking the piss. It will be treated like a proper film…A lot of people are surprised because much of my work is irreverent and expect the same with American Jesus. But I want it to be a beautiful film. A film about the returned Jesus Christ has amazing artistic potential. Jesus shows up in the middle of the financial crisis, America is in turmoil and the Eurozone is collapsing. They are quite apocalyptic times that we are living in with the gap between rich and poor. It is the reverse of The Omen, which is about a kid who finds out he is the anti-Christ. This is a kid who finds out he is Jesus Christ.”

jupiters-children-mark-millarIf the return of Christ (in America?) to solve a financial crisis isn’t your cup of tea, perhaps Secret Service is more in line:

“We came up with this idea of a wee ned who becomes a gentleman spy, ditching his trainers for his Savile Row suits and being taught how to speak properly. The reason he gets chosen is that a guy like that is disposable. I am a massive Bond fan and Secret Service is like My Fair Lady meets James Bond. I am halfway through the comic and Matthew and I are halfway through the script. There is a good role for a 50-something actor to play an older gentleman spy training this young kid. There are not a lot of tough actors in that age group but you would never believe Colin Firth or Hugh Grant in a fight scene. We are bouncing names around.”

Finally, Millar has predicted that his story, Jupiter’s Children, about “superheroes in an intergalactic saga that traverses both space and time” will be “the biggest sci-fi franchise since Star Wars.” Make of that (and the rest of Millar’s comments) what you will.

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  • Angmal

    Without Vaughn directing, I’d say don’t bother with Kick-Ass 2. The others sound interesting, especially Vaughn directing his version of a Bond movie with ‘Secret Service’. It’s also quite daring for someone as irreverent and combative as Millar to be tackling a theological fantasy-drama with restraint. I’m intrigued. But he gets a bit excitable when it comes to predicting the likelihood of any of these things actually happening.

  • potterboy

    Mark Millar is full of shit. Kick-Ass 2 ain’t gonna happen. and the fact that he says it’s gonna happen in the summer makes it much funnier.

  • The_Myhand

    I love Millar, but he talks a lot of shit. Anyone remember his whole grand “godfather” esque Superman trilogy that never happened? He at one point even stated he had a big name American director signed. It completely vanished, and no, it didn’t become The Man of Steel.

  • Jack Priest

    But Chloe Moretz has been pretty much saaying it’s gunna happen aswell as Millar.
    – which also means she’s returning as hit girl!

  • Evan

    I would only see Kick Ass if Chloe Moretz reprises. I haven’t read the sequel comic, but as good as the Kick Ass film was, the comic was eminently better (thanks to a lack of jetpacks). In fact, I enjoyed Millar’s Wanted slightly more than Kick Ass due to the jetpack fiasco.

    In any event, I love Millar and I love his self-promotion. He has written two of my favorite recent comic series – The Ultimates 1 and 2 and Kick Ass. Yes, its true, he is about as subtle as a brick thrown against a glass building, but you don’t always need to be subtle to make a great comic (see: Frank Miller).

    I hope all of these films get made eventually.

  • Sugreev2001

    Usually I’d agree with people on their opinions about Mark Miller’s habit of saying shit that isn’t going to happen,but Jane Goodman (script writer),Chloe Moretz and Matthew Vaughn has come forward to say that Kick-Ass 2 is in the works.Matthew Vaughn wont be directing,that is absolutely confirmed.

    Anyone else needs to see the sources,than go to –

  • Cashmoney528

    I am a BIG fan of Kick Ass 2 the comic but frankly, I dont see how they can adapt that into a film without it being NC-17…unless the cut some of the sexual stuff

    • Cashmoney528

      But still I will eagerly anticipate the sequel since it was the film the got me to read the comics

  • Den

    @ Joel I don’t think the characters bbialbng about the internet was all that much of a stretch. For starters, they’re all kids they spend half their lives on the internet. It’s not like they were all flashing the latest and greatest in hardware. Heck, they weren’t even flashing the latest and greatest in social networking.Beyond that, let’s not forget that it’s a wireless world these days, and if news of a superhero were to actually break, chances are we would all indeed learn about it through a computer or wireless device.I think there’s a good message in the character of Hit Girl. She’s very aware of what her family has gone through rare for an eleven year old. Plus, what’s wrong with a child being able to defend herself? I’d much rather see her jump in and shed some blood than watch a child scream for their life like in JURASSIC PARK.Johnson wasn’t vanilla, he just got overshadowed by Cage. Cage wasn’t awful, he was just having fun finally getting to play a superhero.I really think there was a lot to latch on to in this movie, sorry to hear you didn’t dig it?

  • Luisa

    @ Univarn This one couldn’t have less in mmocon with WATCHMEN. Lemme boil it down for ya: the movies that are drubbing this film have massive issue with the role/treatment of Hit Girl. If you can get past that, you’ll enjoy it.@ Simon Yeah, I know what you’re talking about with Nic Cage. I haven’t liked him in anything for a long time, but really thought he played the campiness of Big daddy just right.@ Casey Glanced at your review briefly, but expect a comment when I get a second to read it proper.That unpredictability is indeed well used, especially considering the fate of one major character. Kinda makes these characters the anti-Supermen heroes that are so vulnerable, you actually worry for them!@ Heather Thanks again for talking about this one with me certainly was a lively discussion. Now go find yerself some cottage cheese and pickles, I think you’re gonna need ‘em.

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