In some scenarios, you can boil down a whole Hollywood deal to one big game of chicken. For example, take the case of 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate, as they have two projects that require the attention of Kingsman: The Secret Service star Taron Egerton. Both were films were set to film in a window so narrow that one had to win over the other, and it looks like you can score another one for the Kingsman, folks.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the good news that the sequel to Matthew Vaughan’s wry send up of 70’s era James Bond films has officially secured its leading man’s return, and Egerton’s Eggsy will be returning to the world of espionage exactly as planned. Unfortunately for the competition, the production on Robin Hood: Origins had to be pushed back from its February start date. The sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service is set to start production in April of next year.
If this were the only Robin Hood film on the market, the delay wouldn’t seem like such dismal news for the Lionsgate picture. However, with Guy Ritchie’s Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur hitting theaters next summer, the extra distance between the two films threatens to make Robin Hood: Origins seem all the more irrelevant. Not to mention, the market seems to be souring on origin pictures on the whole, as Pan crashed and burned so hard at the box office last weekend that it could end up being one of the year’s biggest flops.
Given a choice between which film audiences would like to see first, it’s no contest that a sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service is far and away the top priority. With a solid $412.6 million internationally, and a hell of a track record against its monster competitor Fifty Shades Of Grey, the comic book adaptation only cost $81 million to make – ensuring that the profit margin on the spy comedy’s returns would be sweet enough to tease another bite at the apple. So long as the films don’t fall into the same pattern of devolution that the 70’s Bond films they pay tribute to did, we’ll have no problem lining up for more adventures with Eggsy.
Of course, delaying Robin Hood: Origins may also be a secretly good thing, considering Guy Ritchie’s last film - The Man From U.N.C.L.E. landed less that swiftly in theaters this summer. If Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur makes a similar thud upon release next summer, this will give Robin Hood: Origins a little more fuel to its fire, as they’ll be able to avoid the same mistakes with their competing film. This is, of course, dependent on when the production of Lionsgate’s epic of thievery will be delayed to.
For now, the sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service will start filming next April, with its predecessor already available on Blu Ray, DVD, and Digital HD.