Sequel talk is basically inevitable nowadays, but it’s well worth considering when it comes to Kingsman: The Secret Service. (See the movie this weekend. Trust me, you’ll agree.) The film is based on the Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons comic book, The Secret Service, and follows what happens when a street punk named Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is selected to take part in the training required to become a member of a top secret international intelligence agency called Kingsman.
During a recent interview with Moviefone, director Matthew Vaughn confirmed that he is interested in making a sequel:
“I’d love to do another one. This movie really is the origin story of Eggsy. And Eggsy is really the real, true modern gentleman spy. It really isn’t Harry Hart. Harry Hart is the old cliché of what you think a gentleman spy is. Eggsy will be taking on a whole new way. But it’s up to the audience. If they go see it and want another one, I would absolutely love to do it. We had so much fun making this movie. And you wouldn’t believe what we’ve got in store.”
Between Samuel L. Jackson’s wildly entertaining villain, Gazelle’s (Sofia Boutella) blade legs and that incredibly impressive church brawl, Vaughn is right. I can’t even begin to wrap my head around what they may have brewing for a sequel. However, Vaughn did narrow down the possibilities a little by teasing the following:
“Poor Mark Strong will be going on a journey that he never imagined. And we’ve got this idea to introduce the world to the American branch of the Kingsman.”
Should Vaughn get the chance to make another Kingsman movie, he is definitely on the right track. A sequel really could use some more Mark Strong. He plays Merlin, the Kingsman responsible for leading the new candidates through training and while he isn’t in the spotlight as much as fellow Kingsman Harry Hart (Colin Firth), Merlin makes a big impression and will leave you wanting to see more of him. But, of course, the more striking story detail in there is the bit about an American branch of the Kingsman. It’s an ingenious way to make a sequel that delivers more of what you love while taking the material to a new level.
Kingsman: The Secret Service reportedly ran an $80 million production tab, but if it takes $20 million to start and then maybe even hits $30 million for the holiday weekend, it could certainly be on its way to earning that second film, especially when you factor in the $17.7 million it’s already made abroad. It’s an incredibly unique and insanely entertaining spy thriller with a core concept that’s rich and well worth exploring further, so I’ve certainly got my fingers crossed that the film hits it big this weekend and 20th Century Fox gives Vaughn the go-ahead for more.