With “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” hitting cinemas on Friday, filmmaker Matthew Vaughn has revealed his plans for the future of the franchise – and how the new film actually ran a lot longer in the original cut.
Speaking with Collider, Vaughn revealed that his first cut of the film, the one AFTER the assembly cut, came in at 3 hours and 40 minutes long.
Because of this, Fox reportedly suggested the idea of releasing ‘The Golden Circle’ in two parts. Vaughn though shut that idea down quickly, but is considering doing a longer cut for the home video release:
“I thought it was highly watchable… That was the part about being a sequel as well, I lost my discipline where you’re with a bunch of friends and you go, ‘Oh that’s a good idea’, and it was a good idea, but everything just got longer and longer and longer. There was a moment where the studio said, ‘Hey should we do The Golden Circle Part 1 and Part 2?’ and I went ‘Absolutely no way we’re doing that, this is The Golden Circle.’
But maybe I can do another cut. Some of the stuff we cut out was so good, as well, that I was very sad to see it cut. Normally when I edit, stuff that’s not good enough just gets cut out and it’s pretty quick to get down to a manageable length. You just go ‘Yeah that doesn’t really work.’ This time it was like, ‘That really works.'”
In a separate interview with CinemaBlend, he also revealed he’s open to taking the franchise further and beyond Taron Egerton’s Eggsy into new tales:
“I think there’s a story in my head which will be finished by the end of the next one. And then after that then, of course, there could be Statesman movies, there could be spinoff character films. The universe could continue with new agents. Or, you know, Colin (Firth) could become Arthur (…) or new characters could come in. Or new kids get trained. There’s so many options, but I also think it’s better not to be too greedy.”
There’s no indication as to what the third film in the trilogy would involve or when he would get around to that. Vaughn has been linked to the film adaptation of Terry Hayes’ “I Am Pilgrim” and several other projects.
The comments come as reviews for ‘The Golden Circle’ have hit and had a very mixed reaction that has divided reviewers. The first film scored a 58/100 on Metacritic, the new one a 48/100 with reviews indicating the film is incredibly excessive and some of the more ridiculous and contentious elements of the first (such as the anal sex gag) are doubled down on here.
“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” opens in cinemas this Friday.