Aaron Johnson plays Dave Lizewski (center) and Clark Duke as Marty (right) in KICK-ASS.  Photo courtesy of Marv Films.

Remember when we told you about the all out bidding war that was taking place over Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass? Well, a winner has been announced and it’s Lionsgate. The studio beat out Paramount and Universal for the rights to distribute the film in the U.S. and Canada. They sent out an official press release that pretty much lets the world know, that they are the champions! For more info on the distribution details continue reading below.

Jason Constantine, one of the head honcho’s over at Lionsgate spoke about the talent of Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn, and why he’s excited that Lionsgate will get to bring his vision to the masses.

“Matthew Vaughn is an amazing talent and a true original, and he has brought a whole new mindset to the action genre with ‘Kick-Ass.’ ‘Kick-Ass’ redefines the boundaries in terms of humor, action, story, character and tone — it’s the kind of movie that reminds us of why we go to the movies in the first place. Lionsgate is thrilled to bring ‘Kick-Ass’ home to give it the next-generation launching pad it deserves.”

You have to give credit to where credit is due. Vaughn independently financed this film that nobody wanted to make because of it’s R-content. The idea of an eleven year old toting an automatic weapon for the majority of a movie, was deemed a bit too much. But after the white hot reception it received at this year’s Comic-Con everyone soon changed their tune.

Vaughn actually has a film deal with Sony, via his Marv Films, but they couldn’t make a decent compromise when it came to the film’s material. They wanted something more PG-13, and watered down. I think their fear came from the young stars at the center of the movie. How would people react to a bunch of kids chopping off body parts in their spare time? Vaughn stuck to his guns, and is laughing all the way to the bank. We can look forward to Kick-Ass hitting theaters sometime next year.

Did Vaughn do the right thing by not changing the film’s content? Are you fan of the original comic?