Last year's KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE was a surprise hit. While no one expected it to flop, of course, folks didn't know what to expect. It was based on a graphic novel that hadn't crossed over into the mainstream. It was Rated-R. It starred a fresh face in Taron Egerton and a gentlemen most people associate with either stuffy British dramas or BRIDGET JONES movies, Colin Firth. So when it came out to mostly-positive reviews, and earned a global haul of $410 million, there was much to celebrate.
Naturally, talk of a sequel sparked, and soon thereafter a follow-up became official. Not much news has come from the production since, but Egerton recently chatted with Collider about what's in store for fans longing for KINGSMAN 2.
With 'Kingsman,' we’re shooting in the summer at present. There’s a script, it’s brilliant. Obviously there’s only so much I can say but what I can say is that we shot [the first] one all in the U.K., that won’t be the case with the next one. It’s a far more international story, we’re going to some incredible places, and we have a villain to rival Samuel L. Jackson—this new one is so brilliantly written I wish I could play it. It’s amazing.
Great. So now we know when it'll be filming, and have some idea of the scope of the story- which will no longer take place strictly in the UK. It's also exciting to hear that they may have topped Jackson's villain from the first film.
Indeed, director Matthew Vaughn had set out to make a spy romp that brought back some of pomp, camp, and explosiveness of some James Bond's early years- before the films became all serious and more "grounded." Great villains were a big part of that.