Following months of speculation, it's finally been confirmed that everyone's favourite Saville Row-based spy agency will return for a third and potentially final installment early next year.
For those still not acquainted with the Kingsman series, it tells the story of a spy agency based out of a London-based tailoring shop. Its lead character, Eggsy (played by Taron Egerton) is a Kingsman-in-training under the wing of Harry Hart, played by Colin Firth. The second film also introduced a United States-based agency that works in conjunction with the Kingsman.
Rumours circulating the third film have been rife, Egerton has confirmed that there is a script for the third film and that the premise is “really neat”. Speaking at a panel discussion during ACE Comic-Con Midwest, Egerton said, “I’m really not allowed to say anything, but there is a script. It’s a really neat idea. That plan, at the moment, is that we’d like to do another one, one more time.”
As for his role as the beloved Eggsy, Egerton didn’t shy away from showing just how influential the role has been to launching his career in Hollywood. He said, “It was the role that kind of started my film career so I’m always going to feel, you know, a great fondness for the part.
"I would like to do one more because frankly, I’d like to say goodbye to him [Eggsy] in a befitting way and to finish the trilogy. All good things come to an end. It was always imagined as a trilogy and I think it’d be great to finish the story off because I’ve loved playing the character.”
While plot details are still scarce, Mathew Vaughn, who wrote and directed the first two and will return to helm the third, told Empire magazine that the film would mark "the conclusion of the Harry Hart-Eggsy relationship."
Vaughn has previously said that plans for Kingsman 3 were in the works before The Golden Circle even began proper development. "Weirdly, Kingsman 2, when we were writing it, we were thinking about Kingsman 3 as well, which was odd. Big idea for that. [The Golden Circle] is sort of the bridge -- if we can pull this off and people go see it -- to the other one," he said.
Both Kingsman films have, up until now, been surprise box office hits, both tallying up just over $400 million USD globally. Such is the success of the franchise, which is in itself an adaptation of a comic book series, that both an eight-part TV series and a Statesman film, based on the US-based counterpart to the Kingsman that was introduced in the second film, are in development.
Kingsman 3 will follow a prequel film, simply titled The King's Man, which tells the story of the spy organisation's foundation during World War I and hits cinemas on 14 February, 2020.