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AICN Exclusive! Moriarty Knows Who’s Bringing Mark Millar’s KICK-ASS To The Bigscreen!

Hey, everyone. “Moriarty” here. I haven’t read Mark Millar and John Romita Jr’s new collaboration KICK-ASS, but that title rocks, and it sounds like the book is a lot of twisted fucked-up Millar-style fun.

And now, if my sources are correct, it looks like Matthew Vaughn (LAYER CAKE, STARDUST) is going to be writing and directing the film version. He’s evidently holed up with Jane Goldman (his writing partner on STARDUST) right now and working hard to get the script right. Considering Millar’s only got the first two issues out at this point, this may turn out to be a case like Edgar Wright and SCOTT PILGRIM, where Vaughn is working directly with Millar, already privy to where the series is headed. I’m going to do some more digging on this one, and when I take Toshi on a comic run this week, I’ll pick up issue one of this so I can see for myself what Vaughn’s getting himself into. Right now, it looks like we’ll see this before we see THOR, especially if WANTED connects with audiences the way I think it will this summer.

Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • March 20, 2008, 4:01 a.m. CST

    Sounds kick-ass

    by DirkD13"

    I wouldn't mind being holed up with Jane Goldman, the flame haired minx.

  • March 20, 2008, 4:07 a.m. CST

    WANTED will kick ass!

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    tell me that doesnt just look like great summer action fun!

  • March 20, 2008, 4:08 a.m. CST

    For the lazy ass people....

    by andrew1911uk me who know nothing about graphic novels or (comics) and who are too busy living the high life to Wiki (ahem) would it be possible to summarise some of the more obscure references - e.g. what on earth it's about? I'm not saying I won't find out, but there's a whole lot of porn on those Interweb tube that I'm not looking at for every minute I spend looking up comic book references. Peace out.

  • March 20, 2008, 4:16 a.m. CST

    Romita Jr.

    by Dogma_Jedi

    Is freaking amazing. MIller as well. Love their work together.

  • March 20, 2008, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Why bother when only 2 issues published?

    by lex romero

    When you have a massive back catalogue of Thor comics to work with would Vaugn pick to work on a comic that only has 2 issues released? I don't want another one of Millar's comics changed just because Hollywood can't be bothered to let him finish the series.

  • March 20, 2008, 5:55 a.m. CST


    by comedian_x

    You're too lazy to Wiki? You're already on the internet; that's half the battle right there. <p> Complete the battle.

  • March 20, 2008, 6:48 a.m. CST

    THOR delayed?

    by SpencerTrilby

    that would piss me off. I know there are reportedly budget problems, and the studio is probably waiting for the BO return of Iron Man and Hulk to go full steam ahead... but Vaughn + iconic property + fantasy style movie was a must see for 2009. I haven't read KICKASS (I'm not really a Millar fan) but how about not blowing their wad like with WANTED and waiting for the books instead of greenlighting a film with no definite direction and a fewer fanbase? That sounds like moronic business decision. Are the first issues THAT good?

  • March 20, 2008, 6:59 a.m. CST

    John Romita Jr.

    by Knuckleduster

    Probably my favourite comic book artist. Always on top form and capable of doing anything. Amazing sense of scale. Would love to see what the guy could do behind a camera.

  • March 20, 2008, 7:02 a.m. CST

    similiar title as Shoot 'Em Up?

    by Spandau Belly

    I figured Shoot 'Em Up should be a trilogy with two more films called Kocked 'Em Down and Tear 'Em Apart, but then I saw Shoot 'Em Up and I definately don't want more.

  • March 20, 2008, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Matthew Vaughn

    by Series7

    Wow sounds awesome.... not. Though now I do want to pick up that series. Good description as to what its about.

  • March 20, 2008, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Matthew Vaughn

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Bland, insipid.

  • March 20, 2008, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Why even bother adapting this?

    by Raymar

    In the end they're just going to change wannabe superhero to a wannabe "assassin". Sorry, Mr. Vaughn, just venting...

  • March 20, 2008, 9:28 a.m. CST

    there's only one issue out...

    by milla jovovich

    and it wasn't even all that. Millar's a just ok writer an benefits hugely from editorial supervision. his best stuff has been the spider-man and wolverine series' he did a few years back, the latter with Romita jr. I wonder where Moriarty is getting this 'two issues are out' crap?

  • March 20, 2008, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Fuck, do Thor first please!!!!

    by waggy

    I'm sooooooooo fucking sick of Millar's asshole-take on superheroes (though admittedly it will seem "fresh" and "hip" to movie-goers). Wanted is probably the first time ever I've actually been glad that a movie has made HUGE departures from the comic.

  • March 20, 2008, 9:39 a.m. CST

    As somone who HAS read Kick-Ass ...

    by Hercules

    I can tell you the comic is very aptly named. This is fantastic fantastic pussy-juice calibre news. Now they need to let somebody as good as Vaughn adapt some of Millar's new Fantastic Four stories into a 3rd FF movie.

  • March 20, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST

    KICK-ASS kicks ass, really

    by soupcan58

    I've read the book so far (and sadly, only one issue is out, the next isn't until next week) but I can see why this is getting a treatment! I love the way the story is going, and it feels quite true to life in a some spots. I think it's got a real shot at becoming something aweseome.

  • March 20, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST

    FF3? Are you kidding? I say REBOOT!

    by Movietool

    And keep Millar away from it - he's a good writer, but he hates superheroes. Almost every story he writes shows his utter contempt for them. Get someone who actually LIKES superheroes and reboot a la HULK.

  • March 20, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    "Does this 'A' stand for France?"

    by Dingbatty

    Millar is horrible. Please comic book world, send him away.

  • March 20, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Millar's new FF comic gets a 'meh.'

    by milla jovovich

    definitely NOT Hitch's best work. but hey, when is good ol' Herc not inappropriately hyperbolic?

  • March 20, 2008, 10:24 a.m. CST

    JR jr. one of the best.

    by Diagnostic

    Millar is to the Aughts, what Leifeild was to the Nineties.

  • March 20, 2008, 10:33 a.m. CST

    I thought Adi Granov was the new Liefeld?

    by SpencerTrilby

    overrated artist with a lifeless, antikinetic style who pushes back the release of every single issue he's working on.

  • March 20, 2008, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Liefeld is the Liefeld of the 00s

    by waggy

    Adi Granov is a very talented artist whose style doesn't particularly lend itself well to sequential storytelling. Millar can write great popcorn entertainment when he's reined in. When left to his own devices without censors is when his stuff goes off the rails in my opinion. Greg Land is probably the closest thing to a Rob Liefeld for the 21st century. All flash, disregard for anatomy and storytelling, and will look extremely dated in just a few years.

  • March 20, 2008, 11:13 a.m. CST

    I'd say Greg Land is the new Liefeld

    by blindambition238

    Except instead of being a hack who gets away with drawing horrendous figures with impossible anatomy, Land gets away with recycling the same tracings of pro wrestlers and pornstars in everything he works on.

  • March 20, 2008, 11:14 a.m. CST

    read my mind waggy....

    by blindambition238

    along with the mind of everyone else who reads comics also i suppose.

  • March 20, 2008, 11:40 a.m. CST

    You made a point here waggy

    by SpencerTrilby

    Granov should stick to artworks and covers, where his stiffness can shine without pulling down the story - and the release date. As for Greg Land, I find his flaws pretty much the same as Granov's. But I don't wanna start an argument because first: I'm no exegete and second: exegete is already too big a word for me.

  • March 20, 2008, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Liefeld is the Spawn of the Devil

    by Wacky Noodle

    No one is as horrible as Liefeld. I don't understand those people who like his work. Blech. I refuse to buy anything with his name on it. Anyways, back to Kick Ass. Good stuff. Millar said it was being written like a screenplay so no wonder it's already optioned. Number one of the comic is sold out so get a copy now if you can.

  • March 20, 2008, 12:08 p.m. CST

    What are you guys talking about?

    by Knuckleduster

    No other artist alive can draw biceps as large and thighs as long as Rob Liefeld does (and that's just the females). Also, he's a master of making all the characters look exactly the same. Beat that, John Cassaday!

  • March 20, 2008, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Remember when Romita Jr. used to suck?!

    by Brians Life

    Seriously, I used to think that the apple had fallen WAY far from the tree with his older work...but in the last few years he's really cemented his OWN style and I'm loving his work now.

  • March 20, 2008, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Millar's been on FF for a new york minute..

    by AnakinsDiapers

    ..and herc want's his work on it adapted into a 3rd feature film? Kiss my ass. There's oh, 50 plus years of material left to mine, some of which are ground breaking classics. Check yourself herc.

  • March 20, 2008, 1:35 p.m. CST

    KICK ASS has been good so far...hmmm...

    by Brians Life

    I suppose comics are getting to be like novels, when some one gets wind that their is an intriguing idea out there it gets optioned. <br><br>What interesting times we live in.

  • March 20, 2008, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Why is Kick Ass interesting?

    by Animation

    I went to Wikipedia and it says its about a guy who trains to be a martial arts superhero and gets his ass kicked. What is it that makes the series better than the description on the Wiki implies?

  • March 20, 2008, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Brians Life

    by waggy

    You're totally right. I have a friend who works in development at a production company and they're buying every comic they can get their hands on. I think it's cool how far things have come in that regard, but worry that a lot of bad movies are gonna get made because of all these comic projects being developed before anyone sees the book, ending in a collapse of the whole genre.

  • March 20, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Kick Ass? Low standards.

    by droog

    Come on... This book is fucking rubbish. More of Millar's clumsy pop-culture filled wish-fulfillment trash that would appeal to all the chimps who loved WANTED. There are countless other comics that would make more worthy movies than something that feels like it's already been done a dozen times.

  • March 20, 2008, 2:44 p.m. CST

    The guy that did Stardust, huh?

    by Kid Z

    ... Yeah... that one really racked up at the box office, didn't it? At least Robert DeNiro moved further along in his quest to fund his retirement.

  • March 20, 2008, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Kick-Ass isn't even OUT yet

    by pip1345

    --Completely. How many issues have there been? Oh, wait, ONE? This could be the biggest fecal pile in history and we wouldn't know it because it's yet to be seen. Hercules, it's interesting that you get so caught up on Millar's hype-machine--probably the one thing Millar is unequivocally great at. But then again, isn't that what Aintitcool is? It's a lot of nerds getting caught up in the hype machine and eventually being severely disappointed. I'm not saying Kick-Ass WON'T be good, I'm just saying we don't know if it will be yet, so let's slow down (and by let US I mean let HERCULES and anyone else who gets caught up in this bullshit). Millar is very hit (Ultimates, Superman: Red Son) and miss (Civil War--he really missed that shit). He cares more about his own sales than he does the quality of his work. Additionally, he acts like his sales are proof that he is the greatest comic writer in the history of mankind. News flash: Jerry Bruckheimer is NOT the greatest filmmaker of all time. Neither is Millar. He is, on the other hand, in line to be the biggest, most pompous Scottish tool of all time.

  • March 20, 2008, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Even though the box office tanked, STARDUST was a good film

    by SpyGuy

    Vaughn showed some talent there, so if he can hone his storytelling a little more, this could be a decent flick. <p>That said, though, how is the marketing department going to promote a title like this in the Bible Belt? Change it to "Kick-Butt"?</p>

  • March 20, 2008, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Just read issue 1 of kick-ass

    by DirkD13"

    Let's just say, it ends quite savagely. I also begins quite savagely. The middle act is hilarious though.

  • March 20, 2008, 3:33 p.m. CST

    To Quote Luis Guzman in Waiting

    by SamBlackChvrch21


  • March 20, 2008, 4:43 p.m. CST

    by DirkD13"

    Thankyou very much matey. Goddamn she is fit as fuck!!

  • March 20, 2008, 4:53 p.m. CST


    by skywalkerfamily

    Even the movie title sounds desperate.

  • March 20, 2008, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Adapt Nextwave

    by lex romero

    That's an awesome comic series.

  • March 20, 2008, 6:10 p.m. CST


    by skywalkerfamily

  • March 20, 2008, 6:50 p.m. CST


    by Blackguard

    I read the first issue and it was awful. I think Marvel just doesn't want to lose Millar so they let him do whatever he wants. A comic about a kid playing superhero in the real world? It should have ENDED with the car crash. The end. It's just an excuse to print the F word 100 times. This book is lame. How about put out QUALITY work? Is every writer these days just trying to sell a screenplay in comic format?

  • March 20, 2008, 11:56 p.m. CST


    by MrMysteryGuest

  • March 21, 2008, 2:51 a.m. CST

    I thought it was promising....

    by 23GreatWoundsAllGotInBattle

    ...but the guy who decides to make a movie on the basis of one issue has a cock in the center of his mind.

  • March 21, 2008, 10:50 a.m. CST


    by poeticwarriorII

    Yes... Yes they are. They've become self-important whores just like the morons running studios now.

  • March 21, 2008, 11:39 a.m. CST


    by Blackguard

    Now I know! ;) <p> I think I'll be skipping San Diego Comic Con this year. It's become a media whore event. It's sad when the artist's alley becomes smaller every year. Does anyone remember what it is even ABOUT? (Hint- it's the third word)

  • March 21, 2008, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Great Title Wasted

    by Funketeer

    This should really be something more along the lines of DESTROY! rather than another realistic look at superheroes in the real world.

  • March 22, 2008, 8:17 a.m. CST

    millar's AUTHORITY

    by cloudrider`

    if this millar's craze continue, sooner or later hollywood will have to do millar's run of the authority. and that's when there will be no need to make another superhero movie period. you cant go bigger, badder than the authority. nothing comes close.

  • March 24, 2008, 4 p.m. CST

    Pretty soon we'll be making adaptations of things

    by Reel American Hero

    That haven't even been written yet. So that the original medium will be seen by joe schmoe as the adaptation rather then the other way around. I can almost guarantee it will happen. Soon even.

  • March 28, 2008, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Never could get why Stardust tanked

    by CrichtonAstronut

    I thought it was one of the best and most entertaining movies of the year. Maybe it was the lack of star power, though it did have Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeifer, and Claire Danes, but I thought the relative unknowns, including the lead and his father and mother turned in the best performances of them all.