Fox is rolling full steam ahead with plans for a sequel to director Matthew Vaughn‘s surprise box office hit Kingsman: The Secret Service. The studio is planning an April 2016 start date for Kingsman 2 with breakout star Taron Egerton returning in the lead, but there’s one small problem — Egerton’s already landed the lead in Lionsgate’s Robin Hood: Origins, which is looking to begin a lengthy production in February that would see a a schedule conflict for Egerton.
Fox already has a sequel option for Egerton, so they’re first in line for the actor’s time, but what they don’t have is a script, putting Robin Hood: Origins further along in pre-production. It seems the studios are in a bit of a tug-of-war over the up-and-coming actor. Fortunately for Egerton, who’s looking at the opportunity to lead two major franchises, THR reports that insiders believe “things will be worked out”.
Seems like Fox is making moves to ensure Egerton’s availability, and possibly gunning to lock in a date that works for Vaughn, who is locked in to pen the script, but hasn’t yet committed to return as director. Vaughn is currently set to direct an adaption of the best-selling spy novel I am Pilgrim for MGM at some point in 2016, so the sudden haste could be a result of trying to make those puzzle pieces work. If Vaughn does return, it will mark his first time at the helm of a sequel.
While Egerton’s Eggsy is a lock to return for Kingsman 2 no matter when production ultimately begins, the big question on fans minds is if Colin Firth‘s Harry Hart will be re-worked into the story. Not much is known about Kingsman 2, though Vaughn previously commented that it would show that where Harry Hart was the old incarnation of a gentleman spy, Eggsy is the modern man’s version. Vaughn also said it might include an American version of the Kingsman, and that he was trying to “reinvent how to do a sequel”