Matthew Vaughn: 'Sequels shouldn't try to outdo their predecessors'

Co-writers Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman wanted to continue doing the unexpected with the Kingsman franchise.

Director Matthew Vaughn believes sequels fail when they try to be bigger and better than their predecessors just for the sake of it.

The Kick-Ass director has followed up his 2014 surprise hit Kingsman: The Secret Service with the upcoming Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and although the locations and cast have expanded greatly, with new additions including Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Halle Berry, he insists he made the scale much bigger for story reasons, not just for the sake of it.

"Tell that story that needs to be told, don't try to outdo the first film," he said at the world premiere in London. "I think being bigger for the sake of being bigger is a waste of time and a lot of sequels fail because of that (so I) just continue a journey with the characters that we all fell in love with."

His co-writer Jane Goldman also reiterated his comments, saying they were focused on keeping the heart of the first film.

"That was really important to us, to actually have a proper emotional story to tell as well as being as surprising as the first one," she explained. "I think our MO (method of operation) is the unexpected, it's about 'can we just keep doing things that surprise people? That confound expectations.'"

Matthew didn't have a sequel planned when he shot the first movie, but he enjoyed the experience so much and it was such a hit that he couldn't resist coming back.

The franchise is known for its stylised fight sequences, but Matthew actually preferred shooting the quieter, emotional scenes.

"(I prefer) getting to see the actors do stuff that's really powerful," he explained. "The action's very, very choreographed and not fake but, it's pretty fake, so it's an amazing thing to sit and just watch Julianne, Colin (Firth), Taron (Egerton) etc etc just blowing my mind."

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is in cinemas now.

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