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Kick-Ass Sequel Needs New Team

After the surprise success of Kick-Ass, there is certainly no surprise that there is a shout for a sequel. But Mark Millar, one of the co-creators of the Kick-Ass comic books has revealed that the team making the sequel may not be the same.

“The thing about the first movie is that it kind of exploded all our careers. So everybody involved suddenly got hired for a million different things, and re-forming the band again would be impossible”, Millar told the L.A. Times.

He continued, “getting Matthew [Vaughn] to direct or Jane [Goldman] to write a movie at this budget would be very difficult because they’re superstars now and they have projects of their own.”

Vaughn teamed up with Goldman for X-Men: First Class which had great success. But both are now working on new projects.

Millar also expressed concerns over the age of the cast, “there’s a window because the actors are all supposed to be in high school and if this came out after 2013, for example, that window would have closed.”

Vaughn has a knack for making these superhero movies that are actually quite good and it would be a shame for him not to reprise the role.

But it is not all doom and gloom for the prospect of a Kick-Ass sequel as Millar cheekily remarks, “I obviously know more than I can say”. Hopefully that means something kick ass is in the pipeline.

Who would you like to see directing the Kick-Ass sequel?

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The Rise of the Film Prequel

With the upsurge of movie prequels in recent times, one must be asking: has Hollywood become a barren wasteland, devoid of any new ideas, or is there a genuine attraction to film prequels?

X-Men is the first franchise that springs to mind when talking about prequels. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) tracks the making of Hugh Jackman into sideburn clad, claw handed mutant (those sideburns are definitely abnormal). X-Men: First Class (2011) goes back to explain the formation of the rivalry between Professor X and Magneto. In both these films, there is certainly the “oh I get it now” factor after having seen the previous X-Men films. Like a jigsaw, things start to fall into place after watching a prequel. Stories are explained and it sheds new light on older films, sometimes even making you re-watch that film.

There are some films where you are begging for another dose. The only failing of the Lord of the Ring Triology was that there wasn’t a forth and fifth, so the announcement of a two part Hobbit film was certainly a welcomed announcement for another injection of Middle Earth fantasy. It is a chance to see favourite characters and trademark film styles once more, reinvented and reworked.

As seen with X-Men, the Superhero genre is one where the prequel is gaining ground. The Amazing Spider-man scheduled for release next year takes a look at the creation of Spiderman. But instead of seeing the same faces and styles again, The Amazing Spider-man has a new cast with Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) playing the swinging superhero. It is an attempt to rejuvenate the Spider-man franchise and even though the story has been told regarding Spider-man’s creation, there appears to be a need to retell it. We will have to wait until 2012 to see whether that will be successful or not.

There is without doubt a market for movie prequels, to reinvent franchises, relive older films, and to put things in place, and whilst some of these prequels have found success, it will be interesting to see what Hollywood comes up with when they go out of fashion.

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X-Men: First Class Review

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS: Released 1st June 2011

Recharged and revamped, the X-Men franchise returns with the prequel, X-Men: First Class. Matthew Vaughn leads the fresh cast, having most recently directed superhero comedy Kick Ass. First Class does its best to continue the trend by, well, kicking ass.

Set against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis, X-Men: First Class charts the beginnings of Professor X, Magneto and the rest of the heroes. Metal manipulating Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) is on a revenge mission to find Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), the man who killed his mother in a Nazi concentration camp. Along the way Lehnsherr meets Oxford genetics professor and mind reading mutant, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), who is after the same man. With Shaw’s plan to begin a nuclear war, the CIA recruit the mutants to stop the imminent mayhem and along the road they discover their true abilities, personas and allegiances.

The visual effects in the film were truly impressive, meaning the big, loud parts were verging on believable. Tidy and well thought out, the action sequences in First Class were edge-of-your-seat good. The final scene was truly climactic, following multiple battles and storylines and bundling them all up into a big storm of awesome.

First Class relies heavily on the bromance between Magneto and Professor X, which was developed wonderfully. Sharing each other’s personal history in an affecting exchange, provided the tenderness that made these superheroes more human and identifiable with us, and when combined with high-octane scenes, created a brilliant balance of compassion and excitement. Even action fans like to be moved every now and again.

Raunchy and action-filled but still sprinkled with some more delicate scenes, X-Men: First Class provides a fast-paced and entertaining retake on 60s American history. They should be changing the history syllabus to include the antics of the X-Men – we bet it would reduce truancy.

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