8:12am PT by Graeme McMillan
'Kick-Ass': Matthew Vaughn Wants to Make Prequel to "Regain the Love"
Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn has revealed that he's working on a prequel to the franchise in an attempt to earn back the trust of the audience who weren't enamored with the follow-up to the surprise 2010 hit.
"We’re working on an idea for a prequel of how did Hit Girl and Big Daddy become Hit Girl and Big Daddy," Vaughn told Yahoo! Movies during a promotional appearance for the home release of Kingsman: The Secret Service, another project adapted from a comic by Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar. "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 … But I think we’ve got to do this prequel to regain the love that we had with Kick-Ass."
Hit-Girl, played in the Kick-Ass movies by Chloe Grace Moretz, also received her own solo comic book series due to her popularity with the audience; however, that series was set between Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2, and dealt with the (temporary) end of her career, not its origins.
2013's Kick-Ass 2 movie was co-produced by Vaughn, but written and directed by Jeff Wadlow. Before its release, co-star Jim Carrey withdrew his support for the project over the level of violence it contained; it went on to debut to middling reviews and underperform at the box office.