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Kick-Ass: From Comic-to-Screen
Chris Keller: Hi there, this is Chris Keller reporting from IGM from what looks like a comic book store but really isn’t. It’s the set of Matthew Vaughn new film Kick Ass which is based on a comic book that looks a little something like this.
Male: Kick is a story of a high school senior kid who loves comic books, who loves super heroes and wonders why in the millions of people who loves superheroes, no one has ever given it a try. Of course there’s a reason for that, the answer for that question is a terrible idea and it’s too dangerous but he is a youthful exuberant he tries to give it a shot.
Male: Well Kick Ass is tragically autobiographical because its mainly about a teenage looser you know who is just sitting on the house playing video games, just thinking wouldn’t be cool if in real life you tried to be a super hero. And genuinely this is honestly true because my friend Paul and I we thought why not try this as sort of a career option. The story as what would have happened if we had the balls to actually do it and go out one night out in patrol.
Female: Mark Miller teamed up with this premise and said would you like to try it out and I agreed and it morphed into Kick Ass. It started out something a little different and he said it’s a gamble then he said try it out and see what you think. No money up front, it’s a complete gamble, we created our own series and we started working on it and it got a buzz and Matthew came along. It is where it is right now and it is exciting as well you know.
Male: Mark Miller gave me a pitch, its some kind of a—I don’t know what its called but it was the script of the comic and I read it and I had a movie in my head and we had a deal and I wrote the script with Jane while he wrote the comic at the same time. Sort of like probably the first time it ever happened.
Male: Obviously the storied botched up but we all started from scratch. The screenplay eventually overtook the scripts argument on the front and it’s probably the only time in history I’d imagined it has ever happened. Spider man, there was a four year gap between the original story and the movie but we pretty much finished it at the same time.
Female: It was really nice that the movie was developing alongside the comic; it was really an interesting way to work.
Male: Matthew and—I don’t know but it gives the impression like most directors you know of being quite immovable. He’s actually probably one of the most reasonable people I’ve ever met you know when it comes to a studio idea or something that he would sense something. He was amazing at keeping us up to speed in every single step of the way and if there is something that you disagreed with or something you didn’t feel would work and it’s the same as Jane as well