Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the second film in the Kingsman franchise, hits screens from September 20. Based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, both films revolve around Kingsman, a covert spy agency tasked with foiling master criminals.
The sequel introduces a team of US counterparts based in Kentucky, going by the name of Statesman. Where Kingsman masquerades as a high-end tailoring business, Statesman’s cover is a whiskey distillery. Director Matthew Vaughn suggests that once his proposed trilogy is complete – they’ve already started work on the third film – a spin-off focused on Statesman could be next in his sights.
“What I’m imagining… I call this the trilogy,” he begins by way of explanation. “If we can make that work and people are still interested, there’s other areas to explore. Like, you can do a Statesman movie, you can take other countries and celebrate their culture with spies, and agents can become… I can see Colin [Firth’s character Harry] becoming the head of the agency; becoming Arthur. I think the world of Kingsman could be endless but I don’t want to over-extend [so much] that it actually then kills what makes it great. So, it will all be about the demand for it and if they’re original, good ideas worth making.”
So what of the third film? How much progress has been made, and who’s he bringing in?
“The next movie, if it happens — touch wood — there’s one new character, and I can’t say who it will be. But it’s working so well that I don’t want the band to get so big that the harmony’s gone. The next one, there’ll be one addition, maybe two [characters]. No more. The storyline’s worked out, scenes have been written, but I don’t want to tempt fate.”
And on that note, he says no more.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle opens in the U.K. on September 20 and in the U.S. on September 22.