Good news, Kick-Ass fans! If you were worried that the slightly muted success of Kick-Ass 2 was going to mark the end of the adventures of Dave 'Kick-Ass' Lizewski and Mindy 'Hit-Girl' McCready, then...worry a little less, as it seems the foul-mouthed super-kids will indeed be returning to our screens.
From the sounds of it, though, we won't be heading straight to a conventional sequel - though Kick-Ass 3 is apparently very much in the early planning stages - but, instead, are set to see something even more intriguing. According to producer Matthew Vaughn:
We're About to See a Hit-Girl Solo Movie
Yup, that's right - Chloë Grace Moretz's iconic Hit-Girl is set to get her own leading role, as Vaughn recently revealed to JoBlo:
"Do you know what's going to be next if I do it... we've finished plotting it. What we have to do is, we've got to do the First Class to the Kick-Ass world. We lost a few fans on Kick-Ass 2. It wasn't as loved as one would've hoped. So we have this idea for a Hit-Girl prequel. It's a really strong, really simple prequel where I think we can regain the love and the passion. If that happens, I'm pretty sure I can persuade Aaron and Chloe to come back and finish the story of Kick-Ass with Kick-Ass 3...Mark [Millar] and I have already plotted Hit Girl. We have to get the script done next. It's so far out there, you have no idea."
The key thing about all of that, though - other than that it sounds like we really could be set to see it happen relatively soon?
Chloë Grace Moretz WOULDN'T Be Playing Hit-Girl in the Prequel
After all, she's a whole lot more of an eighteen-year-old grown adult now than she was when she filmed the original Kick-Ass, so any kind of Hit-Girl prequel would require a much younger actress to take the reins.
Which, seeing as Moretz was arguably the best thing about the whole Kick-Ass series, is kind of a shame.
One the plus side, though, it sounds as though Vaughn and Millar have a pretty 'Kick-Ass' director in mind for the prequel: The Raid's Gareth Evans. As Vaughn admitted:
"We spoke about it to Gareth Evans a couple of years ago. I'd get someone like that, a really bold, clever director. Most of it is set in the far east."
Which, in fairness, would be seriously awesome.
What About Kick-Ass 3, Though?
Well, it sounds as though it's very much in development - though if we're not set to see it until after a prospective Hit-Girl solo movie, it could well still be a fair way away.
The most intriguing thing, though, is perhaps the fact that Kick-Ass 2 has already substantially diverged from the original source material - so much so, in fact, that an on-screen Kick-Ass 3 could have very little in common with the comic-book version...
Which...is either a very good or a very bad thing, depending on how you felt about the comic-book (and Kick-Ass 2)...
What do you guys reckon, though? Excited for Kick-Ass 3 and Hit-Girl? What do you think we'll see in each of them? Would Gareth Evans be your choice to direct?