Reuters – After producing „Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” and other films, Matthew Vaughn successfully transitioned to director with „Layer Cake” and „Stardust.” But for „Kick-Ass,” his adaptation of Mark Millar’s gritty comic book opening April 16, he was turned down by every studio. So he made the $28 million-budgeted movie outside the system, and then sold it to Lionsgate for a reported $45 million after a bidding war last summer.