COMICS: Mark Millar On HIT-GIRL Mini-Series; Offers Revealing Update On KICK-ASS 2 Movie
Mark Millar not only reveals the premise of the upcoming Hit-Girl mini-series, but also lets slip the fact that the Matthew Vaughn produced sequel will combine both this series AND the Kick-Ass 2 comic book.
There have been several minor updates in regards to the status of Kick-Ass 2 since the release of the first movie in 2010 but creator and writer Mark Millar may have just let slip the most revealing details yet! As we already know, Matthew Vaughn will return only as a producer for the sequel, but while discussing the upcoming Hit-Girl mini-series with Comic Book Resources, Millar revealed that the movie will in fact not only adapt the Kick-Ass 2 comic book series but also Hit-Girl. Read on for details and be sure to click on the link below for even more.
On The Premise Of The Hit-Girl Solo Series:
"How does Hit-Girl take center stage? It's very, very simple actually. In the story, Kick-Ass breaks his hand on a mission, and Hit-Girl is out on her own. This story takes place between 'Kick-Ass 1' and 'Kick-Ass 2.' There were loads of ideas I had that didn't fit in either book, so this was actually planned to come out last year because initially we were going to use a different artist for it and have this running at the same time."
On The Decision To Bring Back John Romita Jr. To Provide The Art For The Series:
"We got a great artist called Leandro Fernandez, who I'm a huge fan of. He drew one page, and when the page came in, it was so beautiful, but because it wasn't drawn by Johnny Romita, I felt it was strange. It's different if you're drawing Spider-Man or Superman because those guys have been though so many writers and artists. But if something's creator-owned and you see it drawn by someone else, it feels weird. And I said to Leandro, 'Don't be offended or anything, but how would you feel if we went back to Johnny?' And he said, 'Don't worry. I feel as if I'd taken his gig off him anyway.' And Johnny is a total gentleman because he said, 'To be honest, I was disappointed I wasn't doing it because I love these characters, but I didn't want to say.' So they were both absolutely brilliant and Johnny came back to the project, Leandro moving on with no hard feelings and totally understanding."
On Also Exploring The Story Of Red Mist:
"I thought Red Mist going out and doing the first super crime caught on tape would be quite interesting. That then inspires all his super-villain followers, but they're all really rubbish at first and it's almost more like pranks, everything just going wrong. [The] Hit-Girl mini is much lighter and all the stuff with Red Mist is still pretty funny at this stage before he's spirited away from the United States. I like the idea of Red Mist going out and training with Mother Russia and this all leads into 'Kick-Ass 2,' but the main story revolves around Hit-Girl and her attempts to have a normal family life and a normal schooling after all these years in a bubble with her fanboy father and this odd, almost '80s movie view of the world. It's been an absolute blast to write and I've managed to get a flashback or two back to her Big Daddy days, which I absolutely love writing. Their relationship is such a lot of fun."
On The Status Of The Kick-Ass 2 Movie Adaptation:
"When we do the 'Kick-Ass 2' movie the plot will combine 'Hit-Girl' and the 'Kick-Ass 2' comic. That was always the plan. There wasn't room to do the whole sequel in a single comic series because it would have been a weighty 12 or 13 issues or something. The first act was always going to be the Hit-Girl comic, which is five issues long and takes place between the two volumes of the book. This series is maybe the first 20-30 pages of the next movie and of course 'Kick-Ass 2' ends as a comic in February with a big surprise. We're all really pleased with it. Matthew's producing and overseeing the whole thing, doing what Lucas did on 'Empire' and bringing in a trusted writer and director. He knows what he's doing and we're excited about what's being planned here. As to when we go public with what's happening I have no idea. I know what the schedule is they're talking about, but ultimately, it's up to him and the studio."
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