Thursday, March 20, 2008

Hold On Thor! Matthew Vaughn is Adapting Kick-Ass First!

Kick-Ass

Every time we've mentioned Stardust director Matthew Vaughn in the last year, it's been in connection with Marvel's Thor. Vaughn has been attached to that superhero adaptation for a while; but our last update on March 10th confirmed the worst - Thor is currently on hold. However, that's not a problem for Vaughn, because an article at AICN today states that Vaughn has been working on an adaptation of Mark Millar's latest Marvel comic book - Kick-Ass! Yes, the actual title of this crazy comic is Kick-Ass, and I can only imagine what sort of madness it holds within.

The greatest super hero comic of all-time is finally here. Have you ever wanted to be a super hero? Dreamed of donning a mask and just heading outside to some kick-ass? Well, this is the book for you–the comic that starts where other super hero books draw the line. KICK-ASS is realistic super heroes taken to the next level. Miss out and you're an idiot!

Kick-Ass ComicAICN claims that Vaughn has been holed up with his writing partner Jane Goldman trying to finish a solid script. Take this with a grain of salt until we can confirm the story, although it does sound quite feasible. Kick-Ass is a new series being drawn by John Romita Jr. and written by Mark Millar (of Wanted, Ultimate Fantastic Four, Civil War) published by Marvel. You can find a copy on Marvel.com or at your local comic book shop. Kick-Ass is only on its second issue and AICN speculates that Vaughn may be working directly with Millar in order to draft a screenplay based on where the series is heading.

The series is about a 15-year-old boy named Dave Lizewski who becomes a real-life superhero, despite having no superpowers or any of the stereotypical reasons for choosing to fight crime. "He becomes fascinated with the concept of becoming a real-life superhero and puts together a suit and mask and starts working out to put on muscle. At first, the simple novelty excites him, but eventually he decides he has to fight crime and gets into a confrontation with three teens spray painting a wall, who end up beating him severely and stabbing him. Seriously injured, Lizewski wanders into the street and is hit by a van whose driver keeps going out of fear."

I'm wondering if Vaughn is trying to use Kiss-Ass as his pet project to prove to Marvel that he's capable of pulling off a kick ass comic book movie? In the last Thor update, we mentioned that the first draft of his script was pushing a budget of $300 million. Although I don't think he'll ever get that much for Thor, if he does a good job with Kick-Ass, then maybe Marvel will at least let him direct Thor the way he wants with (maybe) a budget of over $100 million. Who knows? Either way this is an exciting future for Vaughn.

Is there even a good movie for Vaughn to direct in this Kick-Ass comic book at all?

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