Despite not being a recognized IP or having any bankable stars to speak of, Kingsman: The Secret Service became a surprise box office hit this year, grossing over $400 million worldwide. Back in April, a rumor hit that 20th Century Fox was developing a sequel, and now co-writer/director Matthew Vaughn has confirmed to Yahoo! that is indeed the case.
“Well, the good news is that I’m writing it next door at the moment,” Vaughn said. “If I think I can get the script good enough, then we are making it. We are doing our damndest to make that happen.”
In addition to a new American agent character making his way into the Kingsman fold, Kingsman: The Secret Service 2 might also include another surprising element: Vaughn himself behind the camera again, despite having never directed a sequel to his own films before.
“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 admits.
The filmmaker currently has his hands full on the planet Mongo crafting a big screen remake of Flash Gordon for Fox, but as fans know, Vaughn is a fickle filmmaker who doesn’t stay long on projects that he’s not fully passionate about, dropping out of Thor, X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Days of Future Past (as well as Star Wars: The Force Awakens if rumors are to be believed). Until cameras are rolling, there’s no telling what Vaughn’s next directorial effort might be.
Based upon the 2012 Icon Comics miniseries by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
The film stars Academy Award winners Colin Firth and Michael Caine alongside Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong and newcomers Taron Egerton, Sofia Boutella and Sophie Cookson.
Scripted by Vaughn and Jane Goldman, Kingsman: The Secret Service is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.