In a new interview with Empire, co-writer/director Matthew Vaughn suggests he is now considering directing Kingsman 3 himself. There had been chatter a while back that they were courting Scottish director Jon S. Baird (Filth) before these new comments from Vaughn that he might end up tackling it.
After initially planning to hand the third Harry Hart-Eggsy adventure off to another director, Vaughn is now considering helming that next instalment himself.
VAUGHN: “I actually don’t know what I want to do,” he says. “There is an opportunity for a director to really change it up, but I’m considering it.”
Matthew reveals what we’ve all assumed that The King’s Man will help set up Kingsman 3.
VAUGHN: “We’ve put seeds for what’s going to happen in Kingsman 3 all the way back into this,” confirms Vaughn. “And it’s going to be very different.”
At one point, we theorized that the villainous Shepherd in The King’s Man could be related to Eggsy and lead to himself learning about a very despicable family tree.
Vaughn also confirms that he had to cut 40 minutes from The King’s Man and teases a director’s cut with the extra footage that could come together in the future with an extended cut.
However, Matthew’s tidbit about directing Kingsman 3 doesn’t sound like it has been cemented and Baird could very well end up still doing it. His work on the James McAvoy film Filth would suggest he could be an excellent successor.
Colin Firth and Targon Egerton are attached to reprise their roles for the third untitled film.
20th Century Studios and Disney still has The King’s Man set to release on September 18th but things could change due to the pandemic.
THE KING’S MAN – As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them. Discover the origins of the very first independent intelligence agency in The King’s Man.