The first Kingsman was a breath of fresh air in only a way writer/director Matthew Vaughn could have delivered. Sadly, the second one wasn't a huge success critically and made less than the first film. However, as if taking a note from back when he did X-Men: First Class, Vaughn looks determined to reset the field by going back to basics. Enter the prequel tale The King's Man which will track the origins of the agency. And while it seems like JUST an origin story, Vaughn has confirmed today, in speaking with Empire Online, that the film will actually lay the foundation for Kingsman 3:
“We’ve put seeds for what’s going to happen in Kingsman 3 all the way back into this. And it’s going to be very different.”
While Vaughn initially said he planned to have another filmmaker tackle the intended finale to the series that Kingsman 3 is set to be, he has no confirmed he is on the fence about it:
“I actually don’t know what I want to do. There is an opportunity for a director to really change it up, but I’m considering it.”
In any case, while of course it could change with the questionable status of theater openings around the country, the film seems set to be released in the UK on September 16th, followed by a release in the US on September 18th.
The King's Man stars Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou, and Charles Dance.