Talking at the launch night of the Russian Standard Vodka Originals Film Festival, Kick Ass creator Mark Millar talked about his increasingly busy future slate — Nemesis directed by Tony Scott. Nis new comic book Superior and his first directorial project. But of course we started with Kick Ass 2, the sequel due out 2012.
What’s the deal with Kick Ass 2? Is it on a much broader canvas?
Yes, it’s gangs going all over New York filming atrocities on their cell phones and putting them on the internet, trying to outdo each other, all at the behest of Red Mist. My idea for Red Mist was to introduce a supervillian that made Heath Ledger’s Joker look like Cesar Romero’s Joker. He’s basically Charles Manson as a supervillian.
How does Christopher Mintz Plasse feel about this?
Chris said to me he hates the fact that people always call him McLovin’. So my aim was to give him a new name for people to call him. And the villain calls himself The Motherfucker. Chris is The Motherfucker, the worst of all supervillians. But at the same time we continue the story of Dave and all the complications in his life as he gets deeper and deeper into this dangerous hobby he’s got where he dresses up as a superhero and gets beaten up every night. So he forms a gang and what you’ve got then is all the heroes versus all the villians in a big gangfight.
What about your next comic book, Superior?
Superior is a comic book that we’ve privately done the movie deal on. The comic book launches in October and we’ll make an announcement about the director in the next few weeks. Superior is a big summer family movie. It’s really quite different from Kick-Ass and Nemesis. It’s more a Spielberg circa 1981 movie. It’s a big heart-warming superhero movie. It’s going to be very action packed and exciting but without children using the C word.
What’s the latest with Nemesis?
It’s just so exciting. We’re just having silly conversations at the moment. “Who do you think will be good in the role?” “Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp”. “Okay, we’ll go and talk to them.” I’m generally in Asda having these conversations while I’m buying toilet roll. I’m living in the real world having these conversations and sometimes I worry that I’m gonna get bumped on the head and it’s going to be like Life On Mars and I’m in a Coma somewhere. In reality, my life hasn’t changed at all.
And you’re about to start your first film as a director?
The idea is we’re trying to do a superhero movie with the sensibilites of Paranormal Activities and Cloverfield. It’s low budget mostly shot on a handheld camera dealing with superpowers. I wanted to do the superhero equivalent of District 8 essentially which is take a very American conceit like superheroes and give a very unusual flavour by setting in an unusual setting. So it is set in the suburbs of Scotland so it feels like Trainspotting meets X-Men. It’s going to be a very dark, unique take on superheroes.
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