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  1. 1. Kick-Ass Research Nathan Simmons
  2. 2. The IdeaKick-Ass the movie is originated from Marvel’s Comics Kick-Ass created by Scottish writerMark Millar and illustrated by John Romita, Jr. It is the story of Dave Lizewski, a teenagerwho sets out to become a real life superhero. His actions are publicized on the Internet andinspire others. He gets caught up with ruthless vigilantes Hit-Girl and Big Daddy who are ona mission to take down the gangster John Genovese.Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn the director co-wrote the screenplay for the movie. Matthew Vaughn Jane Goldman Kick-Ass Movie Kick-Ass Comic Poster Book
  3. 3. Development FinanceVaughn initially went to Sony, which distributed his directorial debut film LayerCake who wanted to toned down the violence in the film which Matthew Vaughndisagreed with. Other studio expressed interest but wanted to make the charactersolder. Studios in particular wanted to change Hit-Girl’s character which JaneGoldman disagreed with.Kick-Ass was independently financed as many studios felt that the film would betoo violent and offensive for audiences. Matthew Vaughn secured the financingfor the film.Kick-Ass had many producers to help raise funding, hire key personnel, andarranging for distributors for the film. The films producers: Matthew Vaughn, BradPitt who owns Plan B Entertainment, Kris Thykier who produced The Debt whichscreenplay was written by Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman, Adam Bohling andTarquin Pack who produced X-Men: First Class with Vaughn directing the film, andalso David Reid who produced Layer Cake. All these producers helped to producedKick-Ass.
  4. 4. Script Development• As Vaughn had no studio at the time to back the film, he had little trouble adapting the comics into a screenplay.• Millar and the screenwriters tried to keep as close to the comic books feel and plot, yet some characters had to be changed to attract more audiences not just the fans of the comic.• There are many differences between the film and the comic, but none that alter the storyline too much. For example one of the many differences in the comic and the film is, Kick-Ass has been shown to be the only character in the film with a similar costume to his comic book counterpart. All of the other main characters have different costumes in the film
  5. 5. Casting: Pre-ProductionCasting for Kick-Ass was done by Sarah Finn and Lucinda Syson. Finn has done casting for otherfilms based off marvel comic books.• Aaron Johnson portrays Dave Lizewski and Kick-Ass. Johnson was the right age range for the part. Christopher Mintz-Plasse originally auditioned for the role of Kick-Ass, but during the audition the producers believed that his acting was too loud and obnoxious for the lead, so they immediately gave Mintz-Plasse the role of Red Mist instead.• Nicolas Cage portrays Damon Macready and Big Daddy. Vaughn described Cages performance as a little bit Elvis and a little bit Adam West. A character in the film even says his costume looks like that of Batman.• Chloë Grace Moretz portrays Mindy Macready and Hit-Girl. Vaughn commented on the maturity of Moretz, who said that because she has four older brothers, she was no stranger to much of the language in the script.• Christopher Mintz-Plasse plays Chris DAmico and Red Mist: Frank DAmicos son• Mark Strong portrays Frank DAmico: The head of a criminal organization. Strong says he is drawn to playing the antagonist. Christopher Mark StrongAaron Johnson Nicolas Cage Chloë Grace Moretz Mintz-Plasse
  6. 6. The ShootFilming locations include Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Dip N Sip Donuts on Kingston Road inToronto, Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, and "many Toronto landmarks that play cameos”;and various locations in the UK, including Elstree Studios.The opening sequence with Nicolas Cage was filmed in a sewage plant in East London.The Atomic Comics store in the film is based on the real-life chain whose owner, Millar said, is a friendof artist John Romita Jr.s. Millar asked Mike Malve for permission to use Atomic Comics in thefilm, and a model version of Atomic Comics was created at the London pilot studio for use in thefilming.Atomic Comics Store in Dip N Sip Donuts in Toronto. Elstree StudiosMesa, Arizona, USA This is used in Kick-Ass’s first fight scene.
  7. 7. Post-ProductionThe soundtrack for Kick-Ass has various artist. It includes 14 tracks and was released on29 March 2010 .The films score was released on 17 May 2010 in the UK. Two of the instrumentals inthe film are altered versions of songs from other John Murphy composed soundtracks.The score includes 39 tracks and one track, “walk To Rasul’s “ was composed by DannyElfman, who was referenced in the original comic. The is the album cover for The is the album cover for the Kick-Ass soundtrack Kick-Ass: The Score
  8. 8. Marketing/ExhibitionMarketing:• There were a few TV spots for Kick-Ass• There were three trailers released: A teaser trailer, extended trailer, and a international trailer.• Movie poster were released.• Interviews with the cast and crew on set and other interviews which they all spoke positively about the film itself.Exhibition:• The film had a few premieres with one in London• The film was released on the 26th March 2010 in the UK and was released on the 16th April 2010 in the United States.• On the opening weekend it made £3.8 million in the UK with it being shown on 402 screens. In the USA it made just under $20 million with it being shown on 3,065 screens.• The films final worldwide gross was $96,188,903
  9. 9. Other windowsThe film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 3 August 2010 in North America. Thisversion does not contain the aforementioned deleted content. Selling 1.4 million unitswithin its first week, one-third of these in Blu-ray format, Kick-Ass debuted at numberone on the DVD sales chart. The discs were released in the United Kingdom on 6September 2010.A video game was released for iPhone/ipod touches in April 2010. Yet it received verynegative reviews.A sequel to the film is currently being shot including most of the original cast. The filmis said to be released on the 28th June 2013. Including Jim Carrey and scrubs’ DonaldFaison.