So, remember a while back when Kick-Ass star Chloë Grace Moretz said that Kick-Ass 3 wouldn’t happen, thanks to pirates? Well, it appears that Matthew Vaughn, director of the first Kick-Ass movie, may not necessarily agree with that train of thought. While Kick-Ass was almost universally appreciated and enjoyed, its 2013 sequel was…less than loved. Many fans of the first film and of the source material were disappointed with many aspects of the sequel but if Vaughn gets his way, those wrongs may be made right with a prequel flick that would focus on Moretz’s character, Hit-Girl, and just how she became the badass that she is.
Speaking with Yahoo Movies, Vaughn commented that he was “not happily done” with the world of Kick-Ass and has a few ideas as to how to revitalize the franchise.
We’re working on an idea for a prequel of how did Hit Girl and Big Daddy become Hit Girl and Big Daddy. If we make that, hopefully that will be the sorbet for the people that didn’t like ‘Kick-Ass 2’ and then we can go off and make ‘Kick-Ass 3’. I think we’ve got to do this prequel to regain the love that we had with ‘Kick-Ass’.
In case you are missing it, Vaughn is talking about two different Kick-Ass films here: one prequel and one more sequel. This isn’t the first time someone has mentioned that a Hit-girl centric flick could be absolutely awesome. Just a few weeks ago, Kick-Ass (and, by extension, Hit-Girl) creator Mark Millar talked to JoBlo and seemed to back up Vaughn’s plan here.
I love the idea of there being Hit Girl movies, it has to be the right story though. We have a crazy idea for it, and every now and then I think, is this too crazy? Because it’s kind of insane. Would the world accept this? It makes Kick-Ass look like Finding Nemo. Matthew and I have chatted about it in the pub, and it’s fine in the pub, but when we’re being interviewed two years later, is it going to be terrifying? So I don’t know, it seems a fun thing, though. It’s funny, because Hit Girl was slightly pre-dated by about a year, before those kick-ass action heroine characters like The Hunger Games and Hanna and those kinds of things came along. And now I feel is a great time for her, so it could be really interesting.
If the year was 2010, the year the first film was released, this may seem like a dream come true. In 2015, two years after the disastrous sequel, however, Kick-Ass 3 may not be something for which audiences are begging.
At the time it was released, Kick-Ass was unlike any superhero flick that had hit the big screen since comic book adaptations began to rise in popularity back in 2000. Its absolutely brutal fight scenes, combined with the not-for-kids dialogue, helped propel the flick to a worldwide gross of over $96mil on a budget of only $30mil. Kick-Ass 2, on the other hand, managed to only wrangle in a bit under $61mil across the globe on a $28mil budget. Sure, the sequel made its money back, but once a franchise loses a third of its audience with a sequel, it may be time to put the characters to rest. Then again, maybe Moretz’s comments to Digital Spy back in 2014 gave Vaughn some confidence that a new film would work, instead of deterring him.
Kick-Ass 2 was one of the number one pirated movies of the year, but that doesn’t help us because we need box office figures. We need to prove to the distributors that we can make money from a third and a fourth movie – but because it didn’t do so well, we can’t make another one. If you want more than one movie, everyone has to go and see movies at the cinema. It’s all about the numbers in the theatre.
Maybe Vaughn agrees and will go through added measures to ensure the property doesn’t hit the web the same weekend of its theatrical release. Or, maybe Vaughn just feels that the characters have rested enough and wants to get back to that brutal world. At this point, the prequel and sequel are simply pipe dreams but if Vaughn’s star continues to rise (which it will), chances are that audiences may get at least one more run with Hit-Girl and, let’s face it, that’s the reason that most of us watched anyway. Not to mention, it’s important to note that Vaughn didn’t direct Kick-Ass 2: that task went to Jeff Wadlow, who can’t claim many hits on his resume. Vaughn simply acted as EP on that project, so seeing him taking the directorial responsibilities back for the franchise may not be all that terrible. For a reminder of just how awesome she is, here is a nice featurette on Hit-Girl from Kick-Ass 2.
Would you be willing to watch a Hit-Girl prequel? How about a Kick-Ass sequel?