Although we haven't heard anything official regarding the Kick-Ass sequel Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall in quite some time, comic book creator Mark Millar has revealed that the sequel will go into production this summer, along with American Jesus.
"We shoot Kick-Ass 2 and American Jesus this summer. Then Matthew (Vaughn) and I have Secret Service, which is a neddy James Bond."
It doesn't seem that Matthew Vaughn will return to direct Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall, although it is believed he will remain on board as a producer. We reported last month that Matthew Vaughn will direct the X-Men: First Class Sequel, although no production start date was released. We also have no official word regarding actors such as Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, or Christopher Mintz-Plasse returning for Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall.
"A film about the returned Jesus Christ has amazing artistic potential. Jesus shows up in the middle of the financial crisis, America is in turmoil and the Eurozone is collapsing. They are quite apocalyptic times that we are living in with the gap between rich and poor. It is the reverse of The Omen, which is about a kid who finds out he is the anti-Christ. This is a kid who finds out he is Jesus Christ."
Secret Service is a project in the midst of development, and, much like the first Kick-Ass, Mark Millar and Matthew Vaughn are developing the comic book and the script simultaneously. Here's what Mark Millar had to say about the story behind Secret Service.
"We came up with this idea of a wee ned who becomes a gentleman spy, ditching his trainers for his Savile Row suits and being taught how to speak properly. The reason he gets chosen is that a guy like that is disposable. I am a massive Bond fan and Secret Service is like My Fair Lady meets James Bond. I am halfway through the comic and Matthew and I are halfway through the script. There is a good role for a 50-something actor to play an older gentleman spy training this young kid. There are not a lot of tough actors in that age group but you would never believe Colin Firth or Hugh Grant in a fight scene. We are bouncing names around."