If everything goes according to plan, Kingsman 2 will shoot this spring. But there is a major problem that needs to be worked out first. Kingsman: The Secret Service star Taron Egerton has become a hot commodity in Hollywood following the film's release earlier this year, and he is being sought by some of the biggest studios for quite a few high priority projects. He's actually landed one of these projects, and it could cause a scheduling issue for 20th Century Fox and it's impending sequel.
Taron Egerton is set to lead Robin Hood: Origins for Lionsgate, which is going to start shooting this February. The film likely won't be wrapped by the time Fox wants production to begin on Kingsman 2. Right now, it looks like there will be a conflict with the sequel's start date. But the hope is this issue can be resolved soon.
There may be a bigger issue facing Kingsman 2, though. A script for the sequel has not yet been written. And as of this past week, it has not yet been decided if Kingsman star Colin Firth will return, or how he may fit into the story. It's suspected that Matthew Vaughn will return to direct, and he is currently working on a draft of the screenplay. It's believed that this sequel will include an American version of the British Kingsman agency. If Matthew Vaughn returns, it will be the first sequel he's directed to one of his films. He skipped out on Kick-Ass 2, didn't want to do X-Men: Days of Future Past, and as far as we know, he has no plans to direct any of the Viva La Madness TV episodes, based on his directorial debut Layer Cake.
Kingsman: The Secret Service and the Kingsman 2 sequel are based on the popular comic book series created in 2012 by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar, released through Icon Comics as a miniseries. The story follows 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 original 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 grossed over $412 million at the global box office. It isn't known which of the surviving characters, and their accompanying actor, will return aside from Taron Egerton's Eggsy.
Leonardo DiCaprio is producing Robin Hood: Origins, and Taron Egerton's production scheduling conflict is being compared to what happened with Jennifer Lawrence on The Hunger Games and X-Men, again coming from Lionsgate and 20th Century Fox. Since they've handled this type of overlap before, they are suspected to figure out a plan that works for both studios and the actor. Fox's option on the actor puts the studio in the lead, which means, if things aren't worked out between the studios, it is actually Robin Hood: Origins that will have to stall, or find a new lead. That said, the Robin Hood reboot is further along in production, and is currently filling out its roster of Merry Men.