Two weeks after promo footage unspooled at Comic-Con, Kick-Ass, the Matthew Vaughn comic-book adaptation about an everyday teen who becomes a superhero, is closing in on a buyer.
Lionsgate, Paramount and Universal are in the running for the pic, which Vaughn financed independently after some studios found the project's violence too graphic and some of its dialogue too profanity-laced and opted not to board it at the script stage.
But the Comic-Con event garnered a hugely warm response from the fan universe, which has in turn helped convince the companies to reconsider. Buyer screenings followed the week after Comic-Con, and several studios began circling the pic.
Studios interested in Kick-Ass see a Vaughn pickup, even at a price in the solid seven figures and with a significant P&A commitment, as a way to plug a franchise-level property into their slate with comparatively little financial risk or production headaches.