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!
AICN 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?