Focus Features International (FFI) has picked up select international rights from Mandate International to Matthew Vaughn’s action comedy Kick-Ass.
FFI has boarded sales for the UK, Germany, Australia, Latin America, Austria, Switzerland and New Zealand, where the action film will be released via UPI in April 2010.
Lionsgate holds North American rights and has scheduled the domestic release for April 16, 2010.
Produced and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake,Stardust), Kick-Ass tells the story of average teenager Dave Lizewski, played by Nowhere Boy’s Aaron Johnson, who decides to take his obsession with comic books as inspiration to become a real-life superhero.
Nicolas Cage also stars in the film alongside Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Mark Strong.
The film is a Marv Films and Plan B production and the screenplay has been adapted by Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman (Stardust) from Mark Millar’s (Wanted) best-selling Marvel comic book series of the same name.
Matthew Vaughn said: “Kick-Ass is a passion project for me, and one of the most important factors so far has been selecting the best distributors to release it. With Universal Pictures International (UPI) I am confident that the film will get the exciting and dynamic release that it deserves.”
FFI co-CEO Christian Grass added: “Everyone at Focus and Universal has been interested in this bold and brilliant film for some time, as Matthew Vaughn is one of the most talented international filmmakers working today. We look forward to collaborating closely with Matthew and his team as we release this film in selected international territories to a wide global audience”
Joe Drake, president of Lionsgate’s motion picture group and co-COO who along with Grass announced the deal, said: “The Universal team continues to be a great international partner and wholeheartedly shares in our enthusiasm for Kick-Ass which is entertainment at its very best.”