Five months after 20th Century Fox officially confirmed that Kingsman 2 is happening, the studio has set a June 16, 2017 release date for the sequel. Box Office Mojo confirmed the new date, which will put the action-packed follow-up against another highly-anticipated sequel, Disney Pixar's Cars 3. That entire month is already becoming quite crowded, with Paramount's World War Z 2 opening one week earlier on June 9, 2017, and Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman debuting a week later on June 23, 2017.
Kingsman: The Secret Service director Matthew Vaughn revealed in June that he has already started working on the Kingsman 2 script, teasing that the story may introduce an American covert agent. Taron Egerton will return as Eggsy, but it still isn't known if Colin Firth will be back as Eggsy's mentor, Harry Hart. While the character was killed at the end of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Mark Millar, who created the comic book the original movie is based on, revealed that the director and co-writer Jane Goldman are trying to figure out how to bring Harry back, but that will only happen if it "makes sense."
It also isn't known if Sofia Boutella, Sophie Cookson, Mark Strong and Michael Caine will reprise their roles in Kingsman 2 quite yet, but the sequel will reportedly follow Eggsy's transition into the modern-day "gentleman spy." We reported earlier this month that 20th Century Fox wants to start production on Kingsman 2 next spring, but Taron Egerton had a scheduling conflict with Robin Hood: Origins. Just a few weeks later, the conflict was ironed out, with Kingsman 2 set to start shooting in April 2016, with Robin Hood: Origins starting principal photography in late summer.
Kingsman: The Secret Service earned $128.2 million at the domestic box office, and $412 million worldwide, off a $81 million budget. Those numbers are even more impressive considering its R-rating, and the fact that it opened on the same weekend as Fifty Shades of Grey, which earned $166.1 million domestic and $569.6 million worldwide. 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.
If Kingsman: The Secret Service could pull off impressive box office numbers in a February release, do you think Kingsman 2 will do even better during the summer months? Since it will have a completely different audience than Cars 3, it could provide an interesting box office showdown, pitting action-seeking adults against kids who enjoy talking cars. We'll keep you posted with any updates on Kingsman 2, so stay tuned.