Kick-Ass 2 Director Jeff Wadlow Wants to Tell ‘an Emotional Story’
At the beginning of this year, a sequel to the 2010 comic book adaptation Kick-Ass seemed unlikely, as original screenwriter Jane Goldman said she wasn’t penning a script and creator Mark Millar was wondering about schedules. Fast forward five months and the project seems to be moving along quite well, with Jeff Wadlow (Cry_Wolf, Never Back Down) taking over directing duties as Matthew Vaughn negotiates for Universal Pictures to make and distribute the movie.
Appearing over the weekend at Kapow! Comic Convention in London, Wadlow reiterated that Kick-Ass 2 is “all moving forward,” with principal photography set to begin in September.
“I wrote the script over the holidays,” he said. “I’m just very happy to be here and I’m very lucky to be working with Matthew Vaughn, who’s just an incredible producer. Obviously he’s a fantastic writer and director, but he’s produced even more movies than he’s directed and he’s having a tremendous experience so far. It’s moving forward and it’s happening.”
Wadlow also said that his primary focus when writing the script, based on the Kick-Ass 2 miniseries by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. as well as the upcoming Hit-Girl spinoff, is finding the emotional center.
“I think the most important thing that’s gonna change from the Kick-Ass 2 comic to Kick-Ass 2 the movie was just really finding an emotional story to tell,” he said. “Because what I certainly loved about the first film, and what I think elevated it above most comic book adaptations, is the heart and the emotion in it.”
Wadlow went on to explain how Hit-Girl, played my Chloe Moretz, will fit into the follow-up film. “If you’ve read the comic, you know, she gives up being Hit-Girl, which was a brilliant idea I thought on Mark’s part,” he said. “It’s something I explore quite deeply in the movie because what happens in the comic is she sort of steps away from the story in many ways. She’s sort of sidelined while Dave is working with Justice Forever and Chris is becoming The Motherfucker. But I was quite interested in what happens to her when she’s not being Hit-Girl. Her story is a major, major part of the film and she’s excited about the ideas and we’re in talks.”