Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn has insisted he isn’t ready to give up on the cult vigilante franchise just yet – revealing that he is working on a prequel, focusing on Chloë Grace Moretz’s Hit-Girl character and Nicolas Cage’s Big Daddy.
Vaughn’s original Kick-Ass film, based on the comic book of the same by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr., became a cult sensation following its release in 2010 – but the 2013 sequel, directed by Jeff Wadlow, proved less popular. Since then, Moretz and co-star Aaron Taylor-Johnson have expressed an interest in reprising their roles for a third Kick-Ass instalment – though nothing is officially in the works.
In a new interview, Vaughn confirmed that he is “not happily done with the franchise” and explained how he and Millar intend to move forward; “We’re working on an idea for a prequel of how did Hit-Girl and Big Daddy become Hit-Girl and Big Daddy,” the director told Yahoo Movies.
“If we make that, hopefully that will be the sorbet for the people that didn’t like Kick-Ass 2 and then we can go off and make Kick-Ass 3. I think we’ve got to do that [the prequel]to regain the love that we had with Kick-Ass.”
Alongside Moretz and Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse starred in both Kick-Ass films. Cage’s character Big Daddy only appeared in the 2010 original, while Jim Carrey, John Leguizamo and Donald Faison joined the cast for the less well-received 2013 sequel.
Watch the trailer for the original film below.