For the rest of us, here’s a series of updates by Mark, as posted to his Millarworld forum.
These snippets all come from his latest Millar Hour thread in which he answered questions from the forum members. We’ll start with the Kick-Ass 2 answers.
Kick-Ass 2 films this Summer. I expect there will be an announcement of some sort in the next week. Certainly before Kapow next month for sure.
Matthew [Vaughn] is co-writing and producing, Kick-Ass being a labour of love for him. He selected the perfect director last year and we’re very, very happy. Trust him… he knows what he’s doing.
Kick-Ass 2 and Supercrooks both around 40 mill budgets, American Jesus 25, and that’s quite a nice number for me.
And there’s more, on his other films.
For example, Millar is clearly expecting that Joe Carnahan will stay attached to the Nemesis project saying:
Joe Carnahan and I both very busy though. We’ll get to this before the end of the year.
And here he is addressing the changes made by filmmakers in adapting his comics:
Nacho spent a week here as we did the Supercrooks screenplay. The comic is a little different as you don’t have as much room, but Nacho brought a lot to it. Same with Matthew. We talked about Secret Service for 2 years. He’s writing screenplay as I write the comic.
Perhaps he’s courting cynicism even more than normal with this next comment, but Millar even has quite a clear calendar in mind regarding American Jesus, both on page and screen:
American Jesus book 2, The Reluctant Messiah, starts in December. Then book three is Summer 2013. The movie is out Easter 2014. All Jesus movies should come out in Easter.
I can’t corroborate any of the American Jesus, Secret Service or Supercrooks comments, but I can tell you this: work really has been done on a second Kick-Ass film, a new director really was selected, and a new writer too.
It was news to me that Vaughn was working on the Kick-Ass 2 screenplay, but good news.
The rest… well, as always with Millar, he’s ready to talk about his projects a long time ahead of there being anything to show. So far ahead, perhaps, that things could be in serious flux.
Some of the above will most likely come to pass. More of it may not. Kick-Ass 2, though, is a real, ongoing concern. It may not make it to production, but it’s certainly in the works, really and honestly.
Now, next time there’s one of these Millar Hour things, I think we should all gang up and ask him about his low-budget, directorial debut Miracle Park, where it is and why it was never finished. Those are the Millar movie questions I really want to see answered.