Despite only being two movies deep, Matthew Vaughn has announced that the next Kick-Ass movie will restart the franchise.

Matthew Vaughn has clarified the future of the Kick-Ass series, revealing that any plans to make a third film have been dropped in favour of rebooting the series. Vaughn announced that the next project featuring the scuba suit-wearing vigilante would go into production, just as soon as the rights for the character are once more under his stewardship.

Says Vaughn: “We’ve got a big reboot of Kick-Ass in two years. Big reboot. It’s so fucking nuts that I can’t talk about it. But we’ve got that ready to go. All the rights revert back in two years and then we’re going to reboot it where people will be like, he is insane.”

With two new leads needed to replace Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloë Grace Moretz, both of whom made their names following the breakout success of the first film, Vaughn adds that the casting search is underway, and that the production is ready to roll just as soon as those rights return.

The filmmaker was also keen to point out that in some regards, the original Kick-Ass, which released back in 2010, was ahead of its time: “I think Kick-Ass became a new type of genre,” said Vaughn. “Everyone was like, oh, you can’t make R-rated superheroes. No one will want to see an R-rated superhero. You can’t do this. You can’t do that. So, I had this idea, and it was so nuts that I went, yeah, great. It’ll cause just as much controversy, and everyone will talk about it and as many people that love it will hate it.”

“But I’m not saying it hasn’t got the characters in it and won’t have, you know. I’m just saying it’s not what anyone could be imagining what it is. And I’m going to need one very, very brave actor or actress to play the new Kick-Ass because it will scare the shit out of them.”

The original film was certainly a trailblazer for its subversiveness of the superhero genre, picking up the baton from 1999’s Mystery Men and taking things into a much more provocative territory. In the years since, we’ve had all kinds of ‘edgy’ superhero deconstructions, not least 2019’s Joker, so it will be very interesting to see how the new Kick-Ass could break new ground once more.

We’ll bring you more news on this one as we hear it.

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