Despite being released on the same weekend as Sam Taylor-Johnson's hit Fifty Shades of Grey, Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service did quite well for itself when it came out in February. As a result, it should be of little surprise that a follow-up - which we'll call Kingsman 2 for now - is starting to get going at 20th Century Fox.
There don't seem to be very many details about the project available just yet, and Fox has not yet made an official announcement about the development, but sources close to the production have told The Wrap that gears are turning on Kingsman 2 and that "there will be a followup to the R-rated comic book adaptation." At this stage it's unclear who from the first movie will be involved with the sequel, from the cast to the director.
Whether or not Matthew Vaughn will return is actually a very interesting question, however. In his career, the British filmmaker has never actually made a sequel to one of his movies, despite the fact that two of his features - Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class - both spawned follow-ups (those gigs wound up going to Jeff Wadlow and Bryan Singer, respectively). Vaughn is also probably quite busy at the moment, as it was just a couple weeks ago that we learned his was in talks to helm the new big screen version of Flash Gordon - which also happens to be set up at Fox.
Kingsman: The Secret Service was a surprising box office hit, and to date has actually made more than $400 million at the global box office. You'd think that this kind of success would have driven the studio to officially announce a Kingsman 2 immediately, but there may be a good reason why they are holding off. This is because the digital HD release of the first movie is now just a couple weeks away, set to arrive in homes around the country on May 15th. It wouldn't be a bad strategy to hold off on announcing the sequel in hopes of boosting home video sales.
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At this time there are obviously no plot details to speak of, though it would be a rather huge shock if the new film didn't continue the adventures of Taron Egerton's Gary 'Eggsy' Unwin. Vaughn has even hinted at the idea of bringing back Colin Firth's Harry Hart, despite the fact that he very clearly died in the first movie. Once this project officially lands on the books at Fox we'll likely start hearing more details about its development, so stay tuned!