Kick Ass 3 isn’t looking very likely at this stage with comic book co-creator Mark Millar reportedly commenting that ultimately, the decision is with Matthew Vaughn who currently owns the movie rights for the series. While the original Kick Ass was financially solid, the second film didn’t fare so well, with piracy often referenced as one of the main issues holding back the sequel’s revenue stream.
Kick-Ass came into theatres in 2010, with its follow-up in 2013 which in terms of worldwide box office only managed approximately two-thirds of the original. Matthew Vaughn of course didn’t direct the sequel, following the first film Vaughn quickly moved into the X-Men franchise with the popular X-Men: First Class, he’s currently working in post-production on Kingsman: The Secret Service (another comic book based property).
If Vaughn decided to move ahead with Kick Ass 3, the goodwill he’s built with First Class would no doubt go a long way to seeing the project gain some traction, whether he’d be interested in directing it or not is something we’ll have to wait and see. But for now, Kick Ass 3 looks like it’ll only exist in comic book form for the time being. A shame….