Rocketman producer Matthew Vaughn has been making the press rounds to promote the Elton John musical biopic and while speaking with our pals over at ThePlaylist they asked him about the Kingsman franchise.

Vaughn confirmed that his WWI era prequel Kingsman: The Great Game might not keep The Great Game as the final title for the film and that filming has wrapped.

VAUGHN: “Next year you’re getting ‘The Great Game.’ It’s wrapped. [But] it’s not actually called the ‘Great Game.’ I don’t know what it’s going to be called. That’s a working title. We wrapped last week, so we’re very excited about it. It’s incredibly different,” he explained.

Matthew continued to talk about the future of the franchise and reaffirmed previous statements that he expects that Kingsman 3 would begin filming in late 2019 or early 2020, with the aim that it would be released in 2021. Adding that if people like Kingsman: The Great Game and Kingsman 3 they have two more movies to come, which should make Disney/Fox very happy to hear there could be more installments ready to go.

VAUGHN: “Like I said, I love spy movies, and this is a very very different tone and style and as a spy film, that no one’s made in a long, long time. And then we hope to shoot ‘Kingsman 3’ either late this year or early next year, but it won’t be out until 2021, so, who knows? If everyone likes the next two movies—there’s two more to come, hopefully, people like them enough that we can count on making another one. MARV Films [Vaughn’s production company] loves spy films, so I’d love to always be making them, and, ‘Kingsman,’ I think, the whole point about ‘Kingsman’ is a celebration of espionage. And ‘Kingsman’ will always make the spy film that no one else is touching.”

Also, there was a casting tidbit from Deadline that reported that Liam Neeson had joined the cast of his prequel Kingsman: The Great Game, which Vaughn went on the record to 100% debunk as false information. The simplest explanation is that the trade likely mixed Neeson up with the film’s real lead, Ralph Fiennes.

VAUGHN: “No, he’s not [in it]! I don’t know where that came from, it’s funny,” he explained of the false casting news. “No, I was like—everyone’s saying ‘Hey! Hey Liam’s’—I said look, I just wrapped the movie and unless he’s got some amazing prosthetics and he’s playing some character I didn’t know about, he ain’t in the film. Never had a discussion. I love Liam Neeson. And I’d love for him to be in it, but no, I have no idea where that came from. I don’t know where that was written—I think it was Deadline. And they got the names of –I don’t know, it was weird, don’t know where that came from. I mean, it was odd. I mean If I’m going to say someone’s in it who’s not in it I should be saying Leo (Leonardo) DiCaprio or someone, you know what I mean?”

Kingsman: The Great Game actually stars Harris Dickinson, Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Daniel Bruhl, Charles Dance, Stanley Tucci, Aaron Johnson, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Alexandra Maria Lara, and Joel Basman. It will focus on the origins of the Kingsman Agency in the wake of The Great War/WWI.

I’m kind of hoping with the film wrapped that 20th Century Fox promotes it at San Diego Comic-Con in July.

Fox has given The Great Game the release date of February 14th, 2020.


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