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Kingsman: The Blue Blood Development Details And More

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After baking up some layer cake, dusting off some stars, and making the X-Men first class, Matthew Vaughn brought his kick-ass sensibilities to the world of espionage. 2014's "Kingsman: The Secret Service" — based on the comic by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar — combined Vaughn's uniquely violent and crude sensibilities with gentleman spies equipped with tailor suits, Arthurian nicknames, and umbrella weaponry.

And that bizarre combination worked smashingly well. With a blade-running bad guy, a truly mind-blowing finale, and history's most intense church service, "Kingsman" earned an impressive $414 million worldwide and nabbed a certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Clearly, audiences and critics couldn't get enough of Eggsy Unwin, Harry Hart, and the titular English spy service, and "Kingsman" launched an entire series, with "The Golden Circle" hitting theaters in 2017 and a World War I prequel film releasing in 2021.

So can we expect to see a fourth installment in the "Kingsman" franchise (and the third film in the Eggsy series)? Well, according to Matthew Vaughn, "Kingsman: The Blue Blood" is on the way. Who will star in the undoubtedly bonkers fourth film, and when can we expect to see Taron Egerton dressed to the nines while beating up bad guys? Well, read on for everything we know so far about "Kingsman: The Blue Blood."

When will Kingsman: The Blue Blood be released?

"Kingsman: The Blue Blood" has been in the pipeline for quite some time. Series creator Matthew Vaughn has been publicly talking about it since May 2017 and has been thinking about it since penning "The Golden Circle." Then, in 2019, there was a bit of an update when lead star Taron Egerton spoke at ACE Comic Con Midwest and revealed there was indeed a script. Fast forward to December 2021, when Matthew Vaughn confirmed to Forbes — followed by a January 2022 talk with Entertainment Times — that the upcoming installment would be called "Kingsman: The Blue Blood." Vaughn also told Forbes the film would be "the next thing we do, and we're hopefully going to shoot that late summer 2022."

However, cameras haven't started rolling just yet. While talking to the Jess Cagle Podcast with Julia Cunningham in July 2022, Egerton revealed, "My understanding is that we are about to be shooting the third installment in my saga I believe next year. But you know, don't listen to what I say because I don't really know." 

Needless to say, the movie is still in a holding pattern, although Egerton did speak with Radio Times magazine about the future of the franchise in March 2023. "The director Matthew Vaughn and I talk about it a lot," the actor said. "We have slightly different ideas about the direction it should take, and he's the boss." Vaughn offered more details at 2023's New York Comic-Con (via ComicBook.com), saying, "It's a weird time to be in the movie business. We're not making movies, but that's another story. But it's a tough time." It's not all doom and gloom, though — Vaughn also declared, "We are working on ['Kingsman: The Blue Blood'] at the moment ... Next year we're rebooting ['Kick-Ass'] and we will be making 'Kingsman 3.'"

What is the plot of Kingsman: The Blue Blood?

At the end of "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," the titular spy agency was almost completely destroyed by Poppy Adams' drug cartel, and we lost our beloved techy, Merlin. However, Eggsy Unwin, Harry Hart, and the Statesman began rebuilding the Kingsman, and our dapper hero got himself hitched to Princess Tilde.

So what will happen in "Kingsman: The Blue Blood?" Well, it will see the return of Eggsy and Harry, and their friendship will be seriously put to the test. As reported by Collider, Matthew Vaughn discussed the script in December 2021, saying, "I saw how people loved the relationship of Eggsy and Harry. So we just came up with this thing, what could be the ultimate reason for them to either fall in love or to hate each other forever? So that's what this movie is all about is will they or won't they, let's just say."

Vaughn has also implied that the events of "The King's Man" will impact the plot of "The Blue Blood." Talking with Empire, he explained, "We've put seeds for what's going to happen in 'Kingsman 3' all the way back into this." And during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Taron Egerton majorly got us hyped, saying, "I know the storyline. The idea for the third one will blow everything you think you know about it out of the water."

However, Egerton also told Radio Times magazine that he's hoping for a slightly more introspective movie. "There was a distorted coming-of-age, 'My Fair Lady' thing with that first film," he said. "[Eggsy] was very much a kid. ... Now it's 10 years on, I'm 10 years older, so I'd want it to be a different kind of story. I'd want it to be about that character, as opposed to just about saving the world."

Who is starring in Kingsman: The Blue Blood?

When it comes to the cast, nothing has been officially confirmed for "Kingsman: The Blue Blood." However, Matthew Vaughn and Taron Egerton have both said that Eggsy and Harry are reporting for duty, so it sounds like we can expect both Egerton and Oscar-winner Colin Firth to don those snappy suits and murder a whole bunch of goons in the most gentlemanly ways possible.

Who else might we see in "The Blue Blood?" Well, since Eggsy married Princess Tilde in the sequel, chances are good that Hanna Alström will return as the royal. The sequel also hinted that Agent Tequila of Statesman might play a role in the story going forward, so it's possible that Channing Tatum will return to work his magic in "The Blue Blood." And if Statesman does play a part in the upcoming movie, Halle Berry's Ginger became a pretty prominent player in part two, so it's possible she might make an appearance.

Of course, that's just speculation at this point, and when we know for sure who's showing up in this thing, we'll definitely let you know.

Who is writing and directing Kingsman: The Blue Blood?

Based on the comic by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, "Kingsman: The Secret Service" was adapted for the big screen by Matthew Vaughn, the wonderfully twisted mind behind "Kick-Ass" (as well as "Layer Cake," "Stardust," and "X-Men: First Class"). Vaughn directed and co-wrote the first two films with screenwriter Jane Goldman and helmed and co-wrote the prequel, "The King's Man," with Karl Gajdusek. But will he return for "The Blue Blood?"

All signs point to "most likely, yes." Speaking with Variety, Vaughn revealed that he and Goldman had already started plotting "The Blue Blood" while working on "The Golden Circle." So it seems likely they're the ones penning the script. But will Vaughn be back in the director's chair? At one point, he considered bringing in a new filmmaker to oversee the upcoming film, but it seems like now, he's interested in calling the shots again. "I actually don't know what I want to do," he told Empire in March 2020. "There is an opportunity for a director to really change it up, but I'm considering it." Vaughn expressed further interest at 2023's New York Comic-Con (via EW), saying, "We've got to get on with 'Kingsman 3' because I was joking that Colin [Firth] is going to end up being a portrait on the side while Taron is Arthur. So we are working on that at the moment." That "we" seems to confirm he's involved.

Will there be another Kingsman movie?

To date, there have been three installments in the "Kingsman" franchise, with a fourth on the way. But once "The Blue Blood" hits theaters, will it be the last adventure of the Kingsman? Well, the answer to that question seems to be yes ... and no.

When asked by Entertainment Times if the "Kingsman" franchise would be winding down soon, Matthew Vaughn implied he had a lot of ideas left in the tank. However, he did imply that "The Blue Blood" would be wrapping up some major stuff. "The next 'Kingsman,'" he said, "is about the conclusion of the Eggsy and Harry relationship." He then went on to say that he wanted to make a sequel to "The King's Man," as well as another "Kingsman" movie down the line.

However, it does seem that the Eggsy/Harry story will conclude with the new film. Several times, both Vaughn and Taron Egerton have referred to the first three proper "Kingsman" movies as a trilogy. In October 2019, while attending the ACE Comic Con Midwest, Egerton explained, "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." This lines up with what Vaughn told Variety in 2017, explaining that "The Golden Circle" is basically "The Empire Strikes Back" of the series, with "The Blue Blood" serving as a "Return of the Jedi."

So yes, it does look like there are more "Kingsman" movies on the way. However, it does look like this might be the last time we see Eggsy, Harry, or perhaps both in the field.

Where to watch the previous Kingsman movies

We don't know when "Kingsman: The Blue Blood" will hit theaters, but when it does, there's going to be quite a bit of lore and backstory to catch up on. So if you haven't seen the previous "Kingsman" movies in a while or if you've never seen them at all, we're here to send you in the right direction.

This crazy story all starts with "Kingsman: The Secret Service," where the always suave Harry Hart recruits street urchin Eggsy Unwin to join an elite group of world-saving secret agents. Along the way, they find themselves up against a tech-billionaire with a dastardly plan — a plan that leads to one of the wildest action scenes in recent memory. If you want to see the usually well-mannered Colin Firth slaughter an entire room of people, you can rent "The Secret Service" on Apple iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu, and YouTube.

Eggsy Unwin returns to action in "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," which finds our now-dapper spy up against a massive drug ring, which is run by a woman who's part El Chapo, part Martha Stewart. Along the way, Eggsy joins forces with the cowboy hat-wearing Statesman, and if you're a Pedro Pascal fan (who isn't?), you'll be happy to see him with some serious bullwhip skills. You can stream the film on FuboTV and DIRECTV, or you can rent it on Apple iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu, and Youtube.

Lastly, you'll need to travel back in time a bit — back to the 1910s, where we're treated to an alternate version of World War I. We witness the origins of Kingsman, watch our heroes go up against larger-than-life figures like Rasputin and Mata Hari, and see Ralph Fiennes prove that he's a proper badass just like Colin Firth. You can rent this prequel on Apple iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, and Vudu.