by: S. Scott Stanikmas
One of the biggest and most pleasant surprises this year was Kingsman: The Secret Service. The adaptation of the Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons limited comic series was a welcome entry into the spy genre, breathing life into a tired field that is only now starting to come back thanks to the rebooted James Bond films.
Grossing over $400M worldwide, it was no surprise that rumors began swirling in April (less than 2 months after it hit theaters) about a possible sequel.
Director Matthew Vaughn recently sat down and spoke with Yahoo about just how far along he is with the second installment:
Well, the good news is that I’m writing it next door at the moment. If I think I can get the script good enough, then we are making it. We are doing our damndest to make that happen.
There have been rumblings that the next film could include an American agent making his way into the Kingsman organization.
But the biggest news is that Vaughn may be back to sit behind the camera again:
I’m in love with these characters and I want to work with them again so I’ll probably be breaking the rule of me tending not to make sequels.
Vaughn is currently working on a new Flash Gordon film for FOX, but he could just drop off at any moment. He does have a history of leaving projects he doesn’t feel passionately about (Thor and X-Men: Days Of Future Past just to name a couple).
I loved Kingsman. Even after all these months it still has a spot in my top ten of the year (so far). I’d dig it if Matthew Vaughn came back. I want a director who feels strongly about the product they make – it makes the film all the better for it. I’d be happy as long as they don’t bring Jeff Wadlow in for this sequel.
No word yet on a projected release date, but if Vaughn finishes soon I’d expect the project to get fast tracked.