Lionsgate Acquires Potential Fanny-Whooping Franchise With Kick-Ass

Kick-Ass, Layer Cake director Matthew Vaughn's indie adaptation of Mark Millar's comic series and a Comic-Con surprise sensation, has found a domestic distributor in Lionsgate. In a deal Variety described as "big," the studio has committed to "a wide 2010 release." The story follows New York City high school student named Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson, a young British actor poised for It-Boydom, having also starred opposite Carey Mulligan in The Greatest and next playing a young John Lennon in Nowhere Boy) who dons a green hooded costume -- yes, another green superhero -- and sets about a secret life of fighting crime, only to have the shit pummeled out of him repeatedly and find himself dubbed "Kick-Ass" by his legions of YouTube admirers.

He later teams up with other self-styled kid heroes, including the 11-year-old Hit Girl, trained by her ex-cop dad (Nicolas Cage) to take Kevlar-deflected bullets to the gut; she's played by The Amityville Horror's Chloë Moretz, in a role that should inspire a generation of girls bred to worship the Jonases to instead aspire to become the ultimate ruthless killing machines. Full of Vaughn's eye-grabbing visual flourishes and the potent proposition of kids inflicting brutal cartoon violence upon adults -- who undoubtedly had it coming -- look for Kick-Ass to do that very thing for the studio, which at long last has a potential fanny-whooping franchise that doesn't involve grandmas-with-dicks or murderous marionettes on tricycles. It should be interesting to see what Lionsgate's endlessly inventive marketing head Tim Palen cooks up for the property.

· Lionsgate grabs 'Kick-Ass' [Variety]


  • bess marvin, girl detective says:

    Meet the new potential BrIt-Boy, same as the old potential BrIt-Boy.

  • MCU says:

    Toronto skyline, anyone?

  • Colander says:

    The fact that Vaughn was attached to X3, then quit to...'spend more time with his family,' makes me trust that he at least knows what NOT to do with this movie.
    Also, I saw an interview with the kid pictured, and every other word was shit or fuck, so I'm excited.