Mark Millar, comic book artist and notorious exaggerator, is uncharacteristically apprehensive about a third Kick-Ass movie.
Though he’s written enough material for a new Kick-Ass film, Millar is in doubt the people with the money will want to fund it.
He gave Comic Book Resources the math:
“With Kick-Ass, it was a no brainer. It was made for $28 million and made $100 million back and then made another $140 million on DVD. So for the money guys, it was a $28 million investment that made $240 million. That’s a slam dunk. You’re getting your sequel. The second one didn’t make as much. It cost a little less at around $24 million, made $61 million and made about $100 million again on DVD and TV rights. It was still profitable. It was by no means The Lone Ranger. But does that mean we’ll make another one again? I don’t know.”
And remember, he’s always right about these things!
“I’m always 100% straight up with these things — to the point where I’m always revealing stuff two or three years before it’s supposed to get out. I know I told you immediately after we got the first weekend after Kick-Ass came out that we were doing Kick-Ass 2. And Matthew had engaged Jeff [Wadlow] by the following September, but no official announcement was made until the following year.”
Considering audiences roundly rejected the second Kick-Ass film, largely for the same reasons most sensible people have rejected Millar’s content, a third picture really does seem unlikely.
What does seem likely? Plenty of mad Millar quotes about projects that never eventuate for years and years to come.