Kingsman set for a sequel

Kingsman set for a sequel

Spy thriller-comic crossover reportedly getting a follow-up after slicing and dicing it’s way to $400 million at global box office

Good news if you prefer your spies as moody teenagers in three stripes rather than craggy, post-war relics in pinstripes: a sequel for the Kingsman: The Secret Service is reportedly in the works at Fox, according to The Wrap.

Although there’s been no official announcement by the studio, sources have apparently confirmed that Matthew Vaughn’s ultra violent actioner, which starred Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Samuel L Jackson and Michael Caine, is going to get a follow-up after hitting box office paydirt.

Released in late January this year, the adventure was soon labelled as a hit for its confident, witty and inventive approach to the spy thriller genre. After the success of his Kick-Ass films, Vaughn was bestowed a generous $81 million production budget, and Kingsman rewarded this show of faith by making $41 million in its opening weekend against the 50 Shades of Grey juggernaut.

Based on the comic book The Secret Service, created by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, Kingsman tells the story of a 007 veteran agent (Firth) who recruits and trains the young Gary Unwin (Egerton) to tackle an eco-terrorist plot.

Now that it's crossed the $400 million barrier at the worldwide box office, it was inevitable that the studio would demand a follow-up.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • UK / US
  • 2h 9min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
  • Written by: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
  • Cast: Colin Firth, Samuel L Jackson, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine
  • UK release: 29 January 2015

Eggsy (Egerton) is a streetwise petty criminal, who debonair secret agent Harry (Firth) inducts into Kingsman, a super-secret spy organisation going up against bonkers, lisping billionaire Richmond Valentine (Jackson). Egerton is confident and engaging, Firth is visibly enjoying himself, and despite the odd puerile joke…