Saturday, 21 November 2015

Kingsman: The Secret Service sequel targets June 2017 release date

Acting quickly to capitalise on the success of the first film, and the fact that co-writer/director Matthew Vaughn already had ideas for more stories, news arrives via Variety that 20th Century Fox have planted a flag in 16 June 2017 for the Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) sequel.

We should caution, however, that this and other dates mentioned from here on out are all targeted at US audiences – the first Kingsman, for example, arrived on general release nearly half a month earlier here than it did in the States. But Variety's report is more intriguing – or worrying, depending on how you look at it – that Vaughn is not actually aboard to direct as yet. There is a chance we could be looking at a repeat of the Kick-Ass (2010) sequel, with Vaughn handing off Kick-Ass 2 to someone else, but speaking to Empire magazine recently, he seemed enthusiastic about the wild ideas he wanted to pull off for the sequel and that he will hopefully return.

No other story details have been revealed about the film, though Taron Egerton is set to return as Gary 'Eggsy' Unwin, now a fully trained member of the elite spy agency. And in related release date news, 20th Century Fox also announced that the untiled mother/daughter comedy that Amy Schumer (Trainwreck) has co-written will arrive on 12 May 2017, with Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) in the director’s chair. 

Finally, if you were awaiting the new version of Ben-Hur with Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) in the iconic central role, then you will have to wait a little longer. Originally scheduled for 26 February in the US (and 11 March here) next year, the Biblical epic has been shifted to a 12 August slot, presumably because MGM Studios and Paramount Pictures are thinking it could compete in the summer.

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