Source: Forces of Geek

Despite director Matthew Vaughn signing to direct the highly-anticipated X-Men: First Class yesterday (read's news story here), comic book writer Mark Millar has claimed in a press release that Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall is scheduled for 2012.

In the announcement (which is designed to promote a "first-look" at Kick-Ass 2 in the first issue of a UK magazine called CLiNT), Millar says that a sequel has already been lined up to film in 2011, with a release date in 2012. This is theoretically possible, if Vaughn shoots Kick-Ass 2 right after First Class, but the first film's somewhat underwhelming box office (currently standing at $42.2 million) and the current lack of a screenplay stand in the way.

Until further confirmation is made, any news on Kick-Ass 2 should be taken with a grain of salt, although cast and crew alike have all stated their interest in making a sequel. Meanwhile, Millar is hard at work on a comic book sequel, which will also be titled Kick-Ass: Balls to the Wall, and is expected to hit stores in 2011.

You can also read Boxoffice's interview with Kick-Ass star Christopher Mintz-Plasse here.

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Source: Ain't It Cool News

For what is essentially a tongue-in-cheek action film, Machete boasts one of the most interesting casts of the year. Rodriguez has assembled Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba, Robert De Niro, Lindsay Lohan, Cheech Marin and even Steven Seagal.

The first trailer for the film is a special "illegal" version of the trailer prepared by Robert Rodriguez to address the current battle over immigration laws in Arizona, as well as to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

Click on the image below to watch the NSFW trailer over at Ain't It Cool News.


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Total tweets for May 7th Openers

upcoming050710.jpgIron Man 2 came in on Tuesday with 22,186 tweets, or 49.4% of all buzz on Twitter for wide-release films opening in the next 4 months. By comparison, The Twilight Saga: New Moon had 65,919 tweets its Tuesday before release, and Alice In Wonderland had 14,449. In addition, its positive/negative ratio was consistent with yesterday's numbers (22.53% positive / 4.54% negative). Well this number officially proves that my early week estimates were too high. The number and percentage is still very impressive but its overseas opening had more of an impact over its tweet expansion than I had envisioned. I'm going to have to revise my numbers downwards to 110,000 - 120,000 tweets for the week, but really after today it will be a much more solid estimate. Perhaps I also overshot the ratio by assuming a much more expansive tweet count and spam totals. In retrospect maybe a ratio more in line with Kick Ass and its 1,420 will be in store. I would expect something north of that though since this film will attract more women and generally a wider demographic. Whatever it ends up being it will be a great yardstick for other Summer action openers.

Check back tomorrow to see the Wednesday numbers and more comparisons. Follow @AlexBOXOFFICE on Twitter for additional updates.

Twitter tracking history. (For 2009's ratio history please check here.)

alltweets043010.jpgThe ratio is the number of tweets per $1 million of Friday Box Office gross. A film with 1,000 tweets and a $10 million Friday would therefore have a ratio of 100. In general, films that appeal to very young or older audiences have lower ratios since those audiences are not big users of Twitter. By comparison, films that appeal to younger audiences (18-35) have much higher ratios since those audiences are much more active users of Twitter.

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Source: THR's Risky Business Blog

20th Century Fox, apparently pleased with the $378 million worldwide grosses of 2007's Live Free or Die Hard, has hired writer Skip Woods to script a fifth film in the franchise.

During junkets for Cop Out, star Bruce Willis suggested that a fifth film needed to "go international", but there are no indications of what else the story might entail. Woods has written several major projects for the studio, including X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and the upcoming big-screen version of The A-Team.

No word on when the new Die Hard might hit theaters, or whether the film will keep the PG-13 rating of the previous installment vs. the R ratings of the first three (a decision which caused a commotion on the internet), but at the same junket, Willis also expressed interest in making the movie within "the next year", suggesting a summer 2012 release date.

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Source: Deadline Hollywood Daily

UPDATE (6:30pm): 20th Century Fox has confirmed via a press release that Vaughn has been signed to direct the film, which is now officially slated for June 3, 2011.

Original report follows:


Despite initial reports that the director had passed on the project, Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn is still being courted by producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Bryan Singer to direct X-Men: First Class.

The Layer Cake director notoriously backed out of X-Men: The Last Stand after it became clear that he would be forced to relocate to the United States to film it. Vaughn went on to make Stardust, while Brett Ratner ultimately took the reigns on the second X-sequel.

Director Bryan Singer, who helmed the first two pictures, was planning to make his return to the franchise with First Class, but obligations to Jack the Giant Killer at Warner Bros. forced him to step down into a producing capacity.

Prior to negotiations re-opening, the studio was courting Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans) and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted), among others. X-Men: First Class is currently slated for a 2011 release. A film focusing on Magneto and an X-Men 4 are still being developed.

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