Gorgeous concept art and plot information on Kingsman: The Golden Circle has been shared by director Matthew Vaughn in an interview with Empire Magazine (via CBM). The most promising tidbit is perhaps the fact that the talented director almost didn’t take the job of shooting the sequel to his massively popular release Kingsman: The Secret Service.
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.
Any director that cares that much isn’t going to phone it in, so fans who contributed to the $414 million box office should feel pretty good about getting Vaughn back. Even more so because of his response when asked whether there will be an homage to the church-set orgy of violence in the original:
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.
Audiences always want more of what we loved the last time. But films are like a super-rich dessert; when you get a second helping it’s never as substantial or as satisfying as the first. Watching the super-speed, sleek, over-produced fight at the beginning of Avengers: Age of Ultron just isn’t the same as watching the grittier action at the end of the original, so it’s good that Vaughn has plans of his own.
So far we know he’s tapped Julianne Moore to play the villain role, running whatever scheme she’s up to (don’t villains every just lay around?) from her Poppyland lair, which looks to be deep in the jungles of perhaps Southeast Asia.
We know that an attack decimates the headquarters of Kingsman, leading them to partner with their US equivalents, referenced as Statesman in this art:
Jack, described as a “swaggering, sharpshooting cowboy” leads Statesman along with Ginger, rumored to be played by Halle Berry. Taron Egerton will reprise his role as Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin and Mark Strong returns as Merlin; both assumedly make the trip across the pond to meet their Yankee counterparts.
I doubt they cross the ocean in one of these but it’s going to turn up somewhere…
Even without a holy massacre, Vaughn revealed several things to look forward to with regards to action: a skiing sequence, an obligatory bar fight (being a spy movie and all), a one-armed henchman, robot dogs, and “a massive f**king Frankfurter.” I have no idea if that’s a euphemism, you’ll just have to show up to find out.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is scheduled to open in June 2017.