Mark Millar is at it again. Talking, that is. Don’t get me wrong, as much as we love the guy for all of the subversively brilliant work he does with his comic writing, he does talk a lot about projects that may or may not ever happen. At this point, his word on future projects always seems to earn an asterisk. As in, this is what Mark Millar says — we’ll wait and see what studios and filmmakers say before we get too excited.
The news today comes from a Millar statement about his upcoming comic magazine CLiNT, which will begin circulating in September. Within the first issue, Millar will begin the comic sequel to Kick-Ass, a sequel that will — as Millar explained — be the basis for Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall, a film that will go into production next year and be ready for release in 2012.
And so begins the speculation. The first Kick-Ass film has earned $42 million domestically. Based on the film’s $30 million dollar budget and any publicity and advertising spending on top of that, it’s not a promising situation for a sequel, especially if the rights to the sequel were built into the contract to buy the first film. All questions are on the table, and still unanswered — unless you reside in the mind of Mark Millar.
Would a Kick-Ass sequel please the mere thousands who passionately supported it as it lurched its way to a $20 million opening weekend? Sure. Does it have any more of a chance to make it into the eye of mainstream, creating the break-out hit that studio brass were hoping for? Not really. It would be fun, though.