Back in April, 20th Century Fox confirmed that Kingsman 2, a sequel to this year's hit Kingsman: The Secret Service, is happening. That news didn't come as too much of a surprise, since the original pulled in over $400 million worldwide from an $81 million production budget. Shortly after the adaptation of Mark Millar's comic was released, director Matthew Vaughn revealed that he was working on ideas for the follow-up, but it was never confirmed if he was actually coming back to write or direct. During a Q&A with Yahoo! UK, the filmmaker confirmed that he is writing the script as we speak, and that he may come back to direct, if he can get the story right.
"Well, the good news is that I'm writing it next door at the moment. If I think I can get the script good enough, then we are making it. We are doing our damndest to make that happen."
When asked why he tends not to make sequels, the director reveals he needs to feel inspired to work on a film, and normally sequels are just more of the same material from the original. With Kingsman 2, he is trying to reinvent the way sequels are done.
"I have to feel inspired that I'm doing something different, pushing my boundaries. Sequels, normally, you're just doing more of the same. I'm trying to reinvent how to do a sequel, at the moment, and it's tough. 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, but the bottom line is I have to feel excited and to think I'm going to learn something new when I make a film."
It's possible that part of this "reinvention" of the sequel is bringing back Colin Firth as Harry Hart, even though the character was killed by Samuel L. Jackson's Valentine. While it seems inevitable that Taron Egerton will be back as young Eggsy, it isn't known if other Kingsman: The Secret Service stars such as Sofia Boutella, Sophie Cookson, Mark Strong and Michael Caine will return. The filmmaker also teased that there may be an American Kingsman that comes into the fold.
"All I can say is you'll find out in two years, in the sequel, so I'm not going to give it away now, so stay tuned."
Do you hope Matthew Vaughn returns to direct Kingsman 2? What other actors and actresses would you like to see sign on for the sequel? Chime in with your thoughts, and stay tuned for more on Kingsman 2.