Matthew Vaughn: Kingsman sequel was tough to write

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 April 2016
Matthew Vaughn

Matthew Vaughn

Matthew Vaughn found writing 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' to be the "hardest thing" he'd ever done because it was a balance between pleasing fans and doing something different

Matthew Vaughn found writing 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' to be the "hardest thing" he'd ever done.

The 45-year-old filmmaker felt a lot of pressure when writing the upcoming sequel to 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' because he didn't want to disappoint audiences or leave them feeling he had simply rehashed the 2015 spy saga.

He said: "Sequels are weird. The audience wants what you did before, but if you do that, they go, 'Well this is just f***ing unoriginal and boring.'

"Writing this was the hardest thing I've ever done."

The writer-and-director believes the key to a great spy movie is a quality villain and was thankful when a plot for the film suddenly came to him.

He said: "I was worried about the villain. Spy films are only as good as their villains.

"Then one morning I woke up with the whole storyline in place and a new villain plot."

Matthew previously passed on directing follow-ups to 'Kick-Ass' and 'X-Men: First Class' and wasn't sure he wanted to get behind the camera again for the 'Kingsman' sequel.

He admitted to Empire magazine: "I didn't know if I wanted to direct this or not."

Though Taron Egerton and Mark Strong are returning to the saga, Colin Firth won't have a major role after being killed off in the first film, though he could have a cameo in a flashback sequence.

The director said: "I think the world would like to see Colin again but sadly we're not in a sci-fi movie."

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

  • 3 stars
  • 2017
  • UK / US
  • 2h 21min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
  • Cast: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong
  • UK release: 20 September 2017

After the Kingsman HQ is destroyed, street kid-turned-superspy Eggsy (Egerton) and gadget man Merlin (Strong) team up with their US equivalents to defeat drug baroness Poppy (Moore). Vaughan and Goldman turn up the preposterous comic book shenanigans at the expense of charm and basic plausibility, but fans will like it.