‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Sequel on the Way 0 26

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Get ready for more ultra violent, tongue-in-cheek spy action as it looks like the Matthew Vaughn spy throwback Kingsman: The Secret Service may be getting a sequel over at Fox.

The Wrap exclusively reports that while the studio hasn’t officially announced anything yet, there are individuals with knowledge of the project that say it’s definitely in the works.

Based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and David Gibbons and released just this past January to a controversial reception – some, like me, drank in its brand of ridiculously over-the-top action set pieces, others were appalled by its flagrant tastelessness – Vaughn’s film focused on a young street kid (rising star Taron Egerton) who is brought in by a veteran spy (Colin Firth) of a top secret organization and trained to help stop a global threat from a power-hungry billionaire (Samuel L. Jackson like you’ve never seen him before).

Despite some of the controversy it stirred up – from its general tone to that bum note of an ending – the film racked up an impressive $400+ million at the worldwide box office, not bad for a film that wasn’t familiar to audiences outside of comic book readers. It makes sense there’s more coming, really, as the first one was a brilliantly fun introduction to a whole new spy world that provides a counterpoint to the rather po-faced 21st century Bond franchise.

There’s no word yet whether Vaughn will return to direct or write the film (or, indeed, if co-writer Jane Goldman will be involved either) but he’s a very busy man, with projects including an Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards biopic, a Flash Gordon reboot and another adaptation of a comic called “The Golden Age” all on his upcoming plate. I certainly hope he finds room for the Kingsman sequel, however, as he brought a deliriously fun and energetic quality to it the first time around.

Are you looking forward to a Kingsman sequel? Do you want to see Vaughn return or should they give someone else a go? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below or on Twitter @TOF_UK!

Source: The Wrap

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I’m a freelance film reviewer and blogger with over 10 years of experience writing for various different reputable online and print publications. In addition to my running, editing and writing for Thoughts On Film, I am also the film critic for The National, the newspaper that supports an independent Scotland, covering the weekly film releases, film festivals and film-related features.

I have a passion for all types of cinema, and have a particular love for foreign language film, especially South Korean and Japanese cinema. Favourite films include The Big Lebowski, Pulp Fiction and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Watch: Incredible New Trailer for ‘The Revenant’ 0 85

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We don’t usually post trailers individually – saving them for the Trailer Watch – but this one was just too good to pass up.

The Revenant is the new film from acclaimed director Alejandro González Iñárritu, who most recently won an Oscar for Birdman. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter in a tale of a forntierman in 1820 who sets out on a path of vengeance who left him for dead after a bear mauling.

We already had one amazing teaser trailer, now check out the equally great new trailer below:

Could this be the film that finally wins Leo his Best Actor Oscar? Quite possibly!

The Revenant is set for release in the UK on January 15th, 2016.

Vincent Cassel To Play Villain in Next ‘Bourne’ Film 0 27

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After a fourth Bourne film in which Jason himself was conspicuous by his absence, things are returning to the old but brilliant formula of Matt Damon starring and Paul Greengrass directing.

We already know that in addition to Damon returning (rejoice!), Tommy Lee Jones and woman-of-the-moment Alicia Vikander are part of the cast, playing a tough CIA operative and (presumed) love interest, respectively, as well as Julia Stiles reprising her small but crucial role as Bourne helper Nicky Parsons. But now we’re getting word that one of the best French actors in the business is also joining the cast.

Variety has the news that the wonderful Vincent Cassel has signed on to the spy action sequel as its main villain, which will see him match wits and possibly even go toe-to-toe go with the former amnesiac hero. Although exact plot details are being kept secret for the time being, sources are saying that Cassel will play an assassin tracking Bourne. No doubt he will tie in with the Treadstone/Blackbriar history of the Bourne mythology – maybe he’ll be a scorned fellow assassin who feels Bourne somehow wronged him/was chosen ahead of him.

The series has a pedigree of casting great actors as assassins, whether it be Clive Owen in The Bourne Identity, Karl Urban in Supremacy, Edgar Ramirez in Ultimatum and Oscar Isaac in Legacy.

I was already looking forward to the return of the Damon-Greengrass team but the addition of Cassel – genuinely one of my favourite actors of modern times – only makes me wish next summer would get here sooner.

The as-yet-untitled Bourne sequel is set to start shooting this year for a July 29th, 2016 release date.

Source: Variety