While Fox gets a lot of kudos for turning the R-rated comic book flick DEADPOOL into a hit, this is an area they certainly have experience in. Just last year, KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE was a big success story for the studio. The film, which only cost $81 million to make, brought in a worldwide cume of $414 million, and received strong ratings from critics and fans alike. Based on all that, it was no surprise when Fox green-lit a sequel that would once again find Matthew Vaughn (X-MEN: FIRST CLASS) at the helm.
Vaughn recently sat down with Empire Magazine to discuss the sequel, and he revealed a couple of cool tidbits. For starters, the film now has an official title: KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE. Secondly, Vaughn says the only reason he returned for the sequel is because he had a great idea for the villain that sparked him to it. The director has famously walked away from sequels to hit films of his. He didn't do X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST after his FIRST CLASS successfully relaunched the franchise. Nor did he direct KICK-ASS 2. But when it came to KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE, Vaughn says, "I didn't know if I wanted to direct this or not. I was worried about the villain. Spy films are only as good as their villains. Then one morning I woke up with the whole storyline in place, and a new villain plot."
Speaking of villains, this time around the heavy will be played by Julianne Moore, and we've been offered a glimpse of her lair thanks to some concept art.
We've also been offered a glimpse at some more art, which includes a destroyed Kingsman HQ, a look at the American division's HQ, and a special spy cab that goes underwater.
As for the film's plot, Vaughn would only reveal a couple of bullet-points, such as: Due to an attack on Kingsman HQ, Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Merlin (Mark Strong) head to the organization's American brother, where they have to work with a "swaggering, sharpshooting" leader named Jack. He also addresses the notorious church sequence, and whether or not we can expect something on that level. "You try not to read what people want, but they do want another church sequence. I have no reason for another massacre to happen. But I have other sequences you've never seen before," Vaughn teased.
KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE comes out on June 16, 2017.