If you’re a spy movie fan, chances are 2015 was a golden year for you. In that time, we got movies like Kingsman: The Secret Service, Spectre, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Bridge of Spies, and finally…Spy. That last film, despite being the least traditional of the bunch, was actually a huge standout for me.
In the film, we followed the unconfident, yet wholly competent, Susan Cooper, played by Melissa McCarthy. After her spy partner, played by Jude Law, is unexpectedly killed, she has to go undercover and help to complete his mission. To me, this was a hilarious hard-R take on the genre, one that followed the tropes just as much as it made fun of them, and given that it made some money in the process, I had hopes that we’d get a sequel.
Sadly, it doesn’t look like that’ll be the case. According to director Paul Feig, there’s a very simple explanation as to why the studio likely won’t follow up:
“They’re on the third Kingsman movie, I love the Kingsman movies, that’s the same studio. They made more money than we did, but we didn’t not make money. We made pretty good money. We made $235 million worldwide, that’s pretty good on a $65 million budget—you always wish it was higher. But yeah, they just didn’t wanna do it, and now the moment may be passed, I don’t know. But I’m really proud of it.”
This is quite the bummer for me, and while I can understand it to a certain extent, I don’t get why the studio felt like it could release these two films in the same year in 2015, but now feel like they can’t do the same in 2019 or whenever. Perhaps in the age of the blockbuster, they’d rather pool their resources into bigger sure-things apart from Kingsman.
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