‘Kingsman 2’ Is Moving Forward at Fox, But Who Will Actually Return?
A few months ago, Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service seemed like a risky move, a film that seemed to destined to get taken down by the hype juggernaut that was 50 Shades of Grey. $400 million later, it was one of the year’s biggest surprise hits. So yeah, of course a Kingsman 2 is now in the works.
The news comes to us via The Wrap, who cite unnamed sources claiming a sequel is in development even though an official announcement hasn’t yet been made. You always have to cautious when there’s accompanying press release, but a Kingsman 2 just sounds like good business. When your transgressive, ultra-violent and incredibly R-rated spy pastiche makes nearly $130 million in the United States alone, you’ve tapped into something.
What we don’t know right now is who will be involved. Director Matthew Vaughn chatted about sequel possibilities when the film initially opened, but he hasn’t said much since. He didn’t stick around for the sequels to Kick-Ass and X-Men: Days of Future Past, so his presence (and the presence of his co-writer, Jane Goldman) isn’t guaranteed. And then there’s the impressive cast, many of whose characters weren’t breathing when the credits rolled. Would a sequel resurrect a few dead men or would it barrel forward with the survivors?
The sky is the limit with the world of Kingsman. As long as there are spy tropes to riff on, effective, funny and absurdly gory tales can be told. If a sequel is in the works, we will probably find out sooner rather than later.