Comics creator/Fox consultant Mark Millar likes to talk. With production currently underway on the adaptation of his comic Kick-Ass 2, Millar has been sharing updates and reports from the set for fans. He doesn’t exactly have the most objective opinion, but he recently took to the interwebs to talk about seeing some edited footage and the evolution of Hit-Girl in the follow-up now that star Chloe Moretz is three years older. He also noted that the first 45 minutes of the film will focus mainly on Hit-Girl.
Moreover, with us breaking the recent news that Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn may be in talks to land the highly coveted Star Wars: Episode VII directing gig, Millar chimed in with his thoughts on that prospect. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
Firstly, in an interview with Comic Book Resources, Millar talked about the comic adaptation and how the structure of the film will shake out:
“The [comic] was always planned as a 12-issue story broken into two parts, but they each have to stand in their own right. You can read one and not have to read the other, but when you go and see the movie, it’s basically Hit-Girl for 45 minutes and then an hour of Kick-Ass 2.”
Millar then recently took to his blog to give an update from the set, starting with his high opinion of director Jeff Wadlow’s sequel:
“I literally for the first time thought [Kick-Ass 2] might actually be BETTER than the original. This was a huge moment for me because there is no bigger fan of the first movie than me. I think it’s pretty close to perfect. But there’s so much in this, the whole thing so rich, that I honestly think this might be the Empire Strikes Back to Star Wars. I’d seen over 40 mins before, but seeing the edited version of the next 20 mins gave me a very comprehensive look for how the finished movie is going to look and I was actually quite shocked.”
“To get myself vibed up, we watched the first Kick-Ass again before we went down and the thing that pleased me was the fact this feels like a continuation and an evolution as opposed to a retread. It doesn’t have that Hangover 2 thing where it’s just same jokes. It feels very new and fresh and all the new characters really work. Chloe’s scenes work especially well. She hadn’t had that much edited when I saw it a couple of weeks back, but this time I’m really getting a flavour of what she’s doing with this kid who’s never had to deal with social situations before. The tiny death-dealer from the first movie was a great gag, but the fact she’s 3 years older now works great as it makes the movie go into a slightly different place, allowing her to be teased and bullied by people in school she’s not allowed to kill. She’s a 14 year old girl who’s into John Woo more than 1 Direction and this stuff is AGONISING when you see it.”
Finally, an interview with Millar recently popped up wherein he explained that Matthew Vaughn left the X-Men: Days of Future Past director’s chair so that the two could make an adaptation of Millar’s Secret Service as quickly as possible. This had some people doubting that Vaughn was actually up for the Star Wars: Episode VII gig, but it turns out that interview took place before news of a new Star Wars ever broke.
In his most recent blog post, Millar addresses the “Vaughn directing Star Wars” rumor and seems to hint that Vaughn is indeed at least in the running for the job:
“Vaughn departed X-Men because our Secret Service project was being copied by a few scripts doing the round and we didn’t want anyone to beat us out there with our own idea. Star Wars has since, of course, announced an Episode 7 and he’s been touted as a possible director for that movie. All I can say is that if he DOES get picked to helm the next Star Wars there would be nobody with more passion or enthusiasm for the project. I really don’t think there could be a better choice, especially as we’ve referenced Star Wars pretty much every day in the 5 years we’ve known one another.”
Hopefully we hear firm word concerning Star Wars 7 soon. Kick-Ass 2 opens on June 28th, 2013.