When it opened earlier this year, Kingsman: The Secret Service turned out to be a bonafide hit for Fox, generating over half its $80 million budget at the box office in its opening weekend. Since then the film has gone on to gross over $400 million worldwide, which is apparently the magic figure Fox needed to reach before the studio got serious about a sequel.
Currently, there's no timetable set for the film's production, let alone its release, and the studio has yet to make an official announcement, but fans can begin to breathe a bit easier, as it seems a sequel is finally moving forward.
That's according to sources of The Wrap who have learned that Fox is moving forward with a Kingsman: The Secret Service sequel, after director Matthew Vaughn spoke openly about his hopes and thoughts for a potential sequel. Presumably, Fox would aim to return Vaughn (and his script co-writer Jane Goldman) if their intentions are to capitalize on the success of the modern age super-spy caper.
Of course, that's assuming that Fox has learned their lesson after hiring Jeff Wadlow to write and direct the sequel to Kick-Ass. Wadlow's Kick-Ass 2 was an enjoyable follow-up, but without Vaughn's stylistic flourishes to Mark Millar's comic source material, the film failed to recapture the wit and energy that had set the first film apart, and it suffered at the box office because of it.
If Fox hopes for Kingsman's sequel to be just as big of a hit (if not bigger), then beyond securing Vaughn and Goldman, they'll need to bring back the film's stars. The film would obviously star Taron Egerton as Eggsy - presumably now a full-time Kingsman agent himself - since Vaughn had gone so far as describing Kingsman as a prequel to Eggsy's real story. But where does that leave his co-star and mentor, Harry Hart (Colin Firth)?
Now, if you're already preparing your comment arguing that Firth couldn't return for a sequel, we'll kindly direct you back to Vaughn's own admission that were a sequel to happen, he's "got a feeling we’ll figure out a way for having Colin back." Egerton proved an able leading man, carrying the film's third act alone, but there's no denying it was Firth's character who gave the film many of its most memorable moments.
Are you excited to hear Fox is moving forward with a sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service? How important is to you for director Matthew Vaughn to return? And what of Colin Firth's character - think we'll see him back as well? Sound off in the comments below.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more on a Kingsman: The Secret Service sequel as it develops!
Source: The Wrap