Although the ultraviolent nature of Kick-Ass may have caused Hollywood studios to pass, Matthew Vaughn is pushing forward with the $30 million adaptation using money he raised himself.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad) in negotiations to play Red Mist, the son of a mobster who tries to discover the main character’s identity. Chloe Moretz (Dirty Sexy Money) already has been cast.
Based on the Marvel/Icon series by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., Kick-Ass follows high-school nerd Dave Lizewski, who reinvents himself as a superhero. The role hasn’t been cast yet.
Vaughn, who produced and directed Layer Cake and Stardust, originally shopped the movie to Sony, who balked because of the violence. Other studios wanted the protagonists’ ages to be increased.
Vaughn wrote the screenplay with Jane Goldman (Stardust). Production is set to begin this fall.