Last week I finally read The Secret Service, the Mark Millar graphic novel upon which my favorite spy film of 2015 was based. Can we take a moment to appreciate how director Matthew Vaughn and co-writer Jane Goldman improved on the source material in every way? Millar’s comic was a fun, brisk read, but Kingsman turned it into a world and a mythos I’ve revisited several times since its release.
Today there’s more great news on the “revisiting” front: Kingsman: The Golden Circle is coming. We knew that already (and we knew Halle Berry and Julianne Moore were about to get on board), but now we have a title and more details. According to Screen Rant (who got their info from an upcoming issue of Empire), The Golden Circle will feature an attack on Kingsman headquarters (hopefully they mean the secret base and not that wonderful bespoke tailor front), which leads Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Merlin (Mark Strong) on a globe-trotting adventure. Along the way, they’ll partner up with their American counterparts (“Statesmen”): Berry’s character Ginger and a “swaggering, sharpshooting cowboy” called Jack. Jack is yet to be cast, but if he's to be Vaughn’s take on vintage American action heroes like Clint Eastwood or Lee Marvin, I’ll have Josh Brolin or maybe Joaquin Phoenix and his eyebrows in this role. Together they face off against the film’s villain, Poppy (Julianne Moore). Vaughn also promises a one-armed henchman, robot dogs and a ski sequence. Was that so hard, Mendes?
There’s some cool pre-production art in the issue of Empire, but it’s not officially online yet, so look elsewhere for your purloined imagery. (The US counterpart to Kingsman’s HQ looks PERFECT, though.) And Vaughn sounds well psyched, saying the idea for the film came to him all at once one day, reversing his notorious aversion to sequels (sidebar: Ever notice Vaughn only does origin stories? Hurm). When asked if The Golden Circle will feature a scene on the level of the church massacre from Kingsman, Vaughn adds "I have no reason for another massacre to happen. But I have other sequences you’ve never seen before." Fuck yeah. Give people what they need, not what they want.
There’s sadder news, in that there seems to be no announcement of a Colin Firth flashback, or a Colin Firth death retcon, or a Colin Firth cloning. We live in hope, however, and since Halle Berry’s deal is reportedly for two films, maybe there’s a promise of Further Firth in our future.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle opens June 16, 2017.