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'The King's Man' prequel sows the seeds for Kingsman 3, says director Matthew Vaughn
While The King's Man serves as a prequel to the first two Kingsman films, writer-director Matthew Vaughn is using the period project to set the stage for the third and final chapter in the story of Eggsy Unwin (Targon Egerton) and Harry Hart (Colin Firth). Speaking with Empire for the magazine's September 2020 issue, Vaughn admitted that the events of King's Man will heavily affect the plot of the trilogy-capping Kingsman movie.
"We've put seeds for what's going to happen in Kingsman 3 all the way back into this," he said. "And it's going to be very different."
The original plan was for someone else to helm the third installment, but that unnamed filmmaker has since moved on to another endeavor. As such, Vaughn is thinking about one more comeback on the mainstream series that pays homage to James Bond and the spy-fi genre in general.
"I actually don't know what I want to do," Vaughn added. "There is an opportunity for a director to really change it up, but I'm considering it. But we need to make because I don't want Colin in a Zimmer frame [a walker], or Eggsy in nappies [adult diapers]. So we need to get on with it."
In addition, a spinoff centering around the Kingsman's American counterpart, the Statesman, is also in the works. The sister agency (led by Jeff Bridges' Champagne) was first introduced in 2017's Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
"I want Kingsman to be around for a long time," Vaughn continuned. "What I want it to be is, whatever angle we take, you may hate it, you may love it, but you won't be bored."
Set during World War I, The King's Man is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters everywhere Friday, Sept. 18. The screenplay, co-written by Vaughn and Karl Gajdusek (Oblivion), explores the secret origins of the world-protecting espionage organization that one day recruits Eggsy. The all-star ensemble features: Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, and Daniel Brühl, with Djimon Hounsou and Charles Dance.