Last month Kick-Ass co-writer Jane Goldman said someone else may take over directing duties on the sequel, with Matthew Vaughn and herself serving as producers instead of writing/directing like they did on the first film. Vaughn just signed on to direct the X-Men: First Class sequel, so he can’t direct both.
The identity of the new director is still unknown, but it shouldn’t be too long until we find out who it is as comic writer Mark Millar told The Daily Record shooting on Kick-Ass 2 will begin in the summer.
He didn’t offer anything more than that, but one would assume Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse will be returning and Lionsgate will be involved in production and distribution. The company acquired North American rights to the first film following a strong reception at the 2009 Comic Con, and it went on to make just under $100m worldwide.
Mark Millar debuted the comic version of Kick-Ass 2 on October 20th, so fans can already find out what happens to Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl. The ideal director would probably be Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim), but with him busy on Ant-Man and the next Simon Pegg/Nick Frost project, Attack the Block director Joe Cornish would be an interesting choice.