While we already knew it was being written and developed over at Fox, the sequel to Matthew Vaughn‘s super-spy hit, Kingsman: The Secret Service, will now officially arrive in cinemas on June 16, 2017. Tentatively titled Kingsman 2, the sequel thankfully reunites the creative team from the first film, so we should eschew the pitfalls of Kick-Ass 2 this time ’round when it comes to Mark Millar adapted properties. There’s no word at this time if Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons will toss out an accompanying sequel graphic novel, but knowing Millar, I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t.
Vaughn has apparently again co-written the script with partner-in-crime Jane Goldman and the film is currently set to begin production this April. No word on casting at this time, but Taron Egerton and Colin Firth are both expected to reprise their roles from the first film. There’s no word on a story at this time or how they plan on bringing Firth back into the fold, but I’m sure the latter will be achieved in some devilishly fun way.
While I can’t peg it with such a title just yet, since we still have The Peanuts Movie hitting next month (plus I haven’t seen the Attack on Titan films), thus far Kingsman is hands down my favorite comic book movie of the year. I’m admittedly an easy mark for it, as I am a die hard James Bond fan and the film absolutely played those tropes to the hilt upon its debut earlier this year. In fact, a lot of films this year have, including Paul Feig’s Spy and Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. I sadly missed the likes of The Man From UNCLE and American Ultra, but have heard good things about both. It’s perhaps fitting that “The Year of the Super-Spy” began with a delightful Bond send-up from Vaughn and ends with an actual Bond film (SPECTRE) starring (a near the end of his run) Daniel Craig, the lead from Vaughn’s directorial debut (Layer Cake).
Still, even beyond the super-spy elements of Kingsman, some of my favorite comic book movies of the past few years have come from Vaughn, so I wasn’t surprised to find that he knocked this particular one out of the park. So far, Vaughn has avoided directing sequels to his own films. Kick-Ass 2 was sadly turned over to the likes of Jeff Wadlow, who turned in a rather awful follow-up to Vaughn’s Kick-Ass. Vaughn did flirt with directing X-Men: Days of Future Past, but ultimately moved on to Kingsman instead, leaving room for Bryan Singer to return to the mutant franchise.
Many, myself included, figured that Vaughn would develop this one and then ultimately move on as a director, simply producing it instead of directing it. The fact that he is remaining on board to helm it is both surprising and exciting. For one, it tells me that he’s actually invested enough in whatever story they have cooked up to stick around and give it his own stamp. I was honestly worried that a sequel might be redundant and a tired retread, but with Vaughn back in the director’s chair, those fears have been cast aside, at least for now. I very much looked forward to hearing more about this one.