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‘Kick-Ass’ kicks butt at Comic-Con

Response to film at confab has biz keen

Most studios passed on Matthew Vaughn’s “Kick-Ass” at the script stage, but now some seem to want another look at the adaptation of the Mark Millar comicbook.

Vaughn, who co-wrote, directed and produced (along with partners like Brad Pitt), unveiled a few “Kick-Ass” clips at Comic-Con last week, and the fanboys went nuts over what they saw, giving it a standing ovation.

“I was asked to show the footage twice,” Vaughn marveled.

It was also the Brit’s first time at the geek gathering. “It was like losing my virginity — but it went well.”

Studios and other distribs will get a peek at the rough cut of “Kick-Ass” today at a private unspooling at the DGA in Hollywood.

Vaughn, who privately funded the pic about teenagers who want to be superheroes, gets why he didn’t initially get a greenlight from U.S. distribs. “The script broke every taboo known to man,” the helmer said, but he “had fun with it.”

One blogger on GeekTyrant.com oozed, “This movie does not hold back on the violence at all, it is ultra violent, and ultra awesome. This stuff could easily offend some people, but I enjoyed the hell out of it!”

Vaughn must be sensing a bit of deja vu. “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” which he produced in 1997, followed a similar path. He and director Guy Ritchie couldn’t get anyone to bite at first. It took a Steve Tisch-hosted screening in L.A. — where Tom Cruise loudly endorsed the pic — for the film to find a domestic distrib.

Vaughn and Millar, meanwhile, are working on another comicbook-based project together that the Scotsman is currently writing.

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