Matthew Vaughn has a spotty history with comic book films. Sure, he directed an adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess’ Stardust, but he backed out of X-Men:The Last Stand and, most recently, Thor. However, it appears Vaughn has found a comic property he won’t back out off, mainly because he raised the money for it himself.
The project is Kick-Ass, an adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s hyper-violent Icon comic. It answers what a real-world vigilante would be like as the story focuses on a nerdy teenager who puts on a costume to fight crime. The results are bloody and painful.
The major studios balked at the level of violence and a ages of the main characters, so Vaughn raised the $30 million budget on his own.
Dirty Sexy Money‘s Chloe Moretz has signed to play a foul-mouthed, 11-year old vigilante, and McLovin himself, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, is in negotiations for a role as well.
Since Vaughn has some money on the line here, Kick-Ass might finally be the next comic property the director sees through to fruition.
Via The Hollywood Reporter.