‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ sequel in the works

Spy thriller starring Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Samuel L Jackson has taken over $400 million

A sequel to hit spy thriller Kingsman: The Secret Service is now in the works.

Based on the comic book The Secret Serviceby Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar, this year’s Kingsman starred Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Mark Strong and rising star Taron Egerton as members of a secret spy society trying to thwart a megalomaniac billionaire (Samuel L Jackson) who is planning a mass genocide.

Directed by Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass), it opened in UK cinemas on January 29 before getting a US release on February 13 and has now taken more than $400 million (£260 million) at the global box office, becoming a surprise smash for 20th Century Fox. Though there has yet to be an official announcement about a sequel, TheWrap reports that a follow-up film is now being developed by the studio.

Vaughn has previously confirmed he is keen to make a sequel which would focus on Taron Egerton’s character Eggsy, an intelligent youngster from the wrong side of the tracks who is trained to become a gentleman spy, rather than Colin Firth’s upper crust secret agent Harry Hart.

However, Vaughn has also revealed that this would not necessarily preclude Firth from returning. “A lot of people are very upset that Colin might not be in the sequel but I’m coming up with ideas at the moment,” Vaughn explained in February. “If people buy tickets in America, I’ve got a feeling we’ll figure out a way for having Colin back.”

Read NME’s 8/10 review of Kingsman: The Secret Service here.