Directed by Matthew Vaughn and based on Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ 2012 comic book series, KINGSMAN delivers. As Robert Downey, Jr.’s salary and back end compensation is in the stratosphere, Vaughn has wisely manufactured a new franchise with a relatively unknown lead, 25-year old Taron Egerton. How many films is Egerton contractually obligated to do, because KINGSMAN Gary “Eggsy” Unwin is likely to be the next Jason Bourne.
Unless, of course, KINGSMAN does phenomenal business. Remember the OCEAN’S 11 sequels? THE HANGOVER sequels? HORRIBLE BOSSES 2? It doesn’t look good for KINGSMAN keeping its adult edge. No one said a word when Jack Sparrow went from archly fey to ladies man.