Thursday, August 14, 2008

"Kick-Ass" Goes Indie!!

"Kick-Ass" is a comic-book written by Mark Millar and drawn by John Romita Jr., that Matthew Vaughn is moving forward with bringing to the big screen. Vaughn intinally went to Sony with the project and was turned away because of all the violence within the story. THR reports, "The studio balked at the violence, which he refused to tone down. Several other studios expressed interest but demanded that the protagonists' ages be upped. Vaughn, who most recently co-wrote and directed the international hit "Stardust," now is going it alone." Vaughn who has raised $30 million dollars himself for Kick-Ass, will co-produce the film with his Marv Films partner Kris Thykier and will begin sometime this fall.

The comic follows a high school dweeb who attempts to reinvent himself as a real-world costumed superhero named Kick-Ass who seems doomed to failure because he's not athletic or coordinated until he runs into real bad guys with real weapons. The comic is uber violent and has children or young teens taking on full grown adults of very shape and size. Most of the intense violence is again why major studios passed on the project, but Matthew Vaughn is definately fully behind it!

The first cast member named is Chloe Moretz (Swing Vote) who plays a, "ferocious, potty-mouthed 11-year-old who chops down crime thugs with a ninja sword." Christopher Mintz-Plasse is in talks to play the Red Mist, "the angry teen son of a mobster who tries to find uncover Kick-Ass's identity." Dave Lizewski, the main character has yet to be casted. Vaughn has been quoted as saying he is persuing high profile actors to play mobsters and the parents!

Thoughts on Kick-Ass? Have you read the comics? Did you see Stardust? Can Vaughn adapt Kick-Ass and keep it dark as intended? Did you know Vaughn was Guy Ritchie's best man for his marriage to Madonna?