By Dave Campbell | August 11, 2009
With three studios circling Matthew Vaughn’s violent comic-book adaptation Kick-Ass, it looks as if the film is finally close to securing a distributor. Lionsgate, Paramount and Universal are all competing for rights to the independently-financed film. According to reports, they are talking a seven-figure sum, plus an additional P&A commitment.
Kick-Ass was one of the biggest hits at Comic-Con 2009 next to Avatar and Iron Man 2, and several exclusive clips were shown by Matthew Vaughn. Vaughn, self-finance the film after running into massive creative differences with Sony.
Based on the comic Kick-Ass follows teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) who is inspired himself by comic books and decides to become a self made superhero named Kick-Ass. He embeds himself into the dark and violent world of criminals and heroes who are far advanced to him, which include Big Daddy/Damon Macready played by Nicolas Cage, and eleven year-old daughter, Hit Girl/Mindy Macready played by Chloe Moretz. The rest of the cast include Mark Strong as Frank D’Amico, Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Chris D’Amico / Red Mist, Lyndsy Fonseca as Katie Deauxma, and Yancy Butler as Angie D’Amico.
The surely R-rated Kick-Ass, was shot over a year ago and the search for a distributor has been on ever since Sony became disconnected. The films controversial tone and content has been the main reason for the delay and the reason for it’s anticipation . It’s still uncertain which studio will ultimately win out, but Paramount historically picks up distribution on films it didn’t finance, and Lionsgate takes more chances on edgier films that the big boys pass up.
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