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<i>Kick-Ass 2</i> Shoots This Summer?

Although there have been no announcements about a director, a cast or even a screenwriter for the much-discussed sequel to Kick-Ass, comics writer Mark Millar insists it will begin production this summer along with an adaptation of his 2004 miniseries American Jesus.

“We shoot Kick-Ass 2 and American Jesus this summer," he said in a profile published Sunday by the Daily Record. "Then Matthew [Vaughn] and I have Secret Service, which is a neddy James Bond.” Asked on his message board for confirmation, Millar only replied, "I can't possibly comment."

Millar first sparked discussion of a sequel only months after the film's 2010 release, asserting that a follow-up had already been greenlit. If so, no one told Vaughn or his screenwriting collaborator Jane Goldman (the director even said last spring it would be "crass" to make a sequel). But then an October newspaper profile of Millar claimed "Mark's sequel to 2010's Kick-Ass is about to be announced. So apparently this is it.

An adaptation of the comic miniseries by Millar and John Romita Jr., Kick-Ass starred Aaron Johnson as an ordinary teenager who sets out to become a real-life superhero. In the process, he gets caught up in a fight between a cop turned vigilante Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and his ruthless 11-year-old daughter Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz) and a drug lord and his son Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). The $28 million film grossed $96 million worldwide.

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