‘Kick-Ass 2′ Eyes New Director Jeff Wadlow

As Mark Millar teased last month, “Kick-Ass 2” is officially in talks for a new director, and is gearing up to get into production. Finally!

Universal is close to hiring “Never Back Down” and “Cry__Wolf” director Jeff Wadlow, reports Deadline, and adds that Wadlow will be directing the flick off of a script he wrote for Matthew Vaughn. Apparently the entire deal is endorsed by Vaughn, who is committed to directing “X-Men: First Class’s” sequel and can’t helm this. The plan is to get the film in front of cameras by August.

We’ve been hearing rumors of a “Kick-Ass 2″ for what feels like decades (it’s only been two years), but it seems like the movie is finally going to happen now. This latest announcement aligns with what both Millar and Jane Goldman have said over the past few months.

“[Vaughn] selected the perfect director last year and we’re very, very happy,” Millar posted to his website last month. “Trust him… he knows what he’s doing.”

Speaking of people coming back for the sequel, Deadline is reporting that Universal is starting discussions to get stars Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse back on board. They all have expressed excitement for “Kick-Ass 2″ in the past, so we don’t expect that there will be too much of a hassle signing them up for the sequel.

Interestingly, Wadlow is also helming Sony’s adaptation of “Bloodshot,” which Vaughn himself was once attached to direct.

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