Last week we reported that director Matthew Vaughn’s comic book movie Kick-Ass was gaining the attention of studios Paramount, Lionsgate, and Universal. I predicted that Universal was most likely to pick up the project, as they last year distributed Wanted, which, like Kick-Ass, was based on a comic by author Mark Millar.
I was wrong.
Well, technically, I was sort of right, because I predicted that the only other likely studio would be Lionsgate, due to their willingness to distribute more graphic material than other studios (Saw, Punisher: War Zone, Rambo), and now they can add Kick-Ass to that repertoire. The first people to break the news were Variety (I found it at /Film, but you need to give credit where it’s due) and the deal has been described as “big” and the movie will get a wide 2010 release. This is great news, as this seems like the kind of movie that deserves to be seen by as many people as possible, partly because it sounds like a terrific shock to the senses. Kick-Ass has become on of my top three most anticipated movies for next year, as it sounds like a great mix of both violence and humor, along with what is said to be impressive action direction. The movie was financed by both Vaughn’s Marv Films and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, and has an estimated budget of around $50 million, extremely high for an independent production.
The story of a teenager named Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a teenager who decides to become a superhero who he calls Kick-Ass, and must face a nemesis named Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), and who also receives the help of an eleven year-old girl who calls herself Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz), Kick-Ass will be released in 2010, and good God I can’t wait.
What do you think of Kick-Ass getting proper distribution by Lionsgate?