Matthew Vaughn, the director/producer of the successful Kingsman action/comedy film franchise, has announced an upcoming prequel titled Kingsman: The Great Game. The movie will be set during the early 1900s and will explore the origins of the Kingsman spy organisation.
No other information is currently available, but according to Kingsman Harry Hart, a.k.a. Galahad:
Since 1849, Kingsman Tailors have clothed the world’s most powerful individuals. In 1919, a great number of them had lost their heirs to World War I. That meant a lot of money going uninherited. And a lot of powerful men with the desire to preserve peace and protect life. Our founders realised that they could channel that wealth and influence for the greater good.
And so began our other venture. An independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion. Above the politics and bureaucracy that undermine the integrity of government-run spy organisations. A suit is the modern gentleman’s armour. And the Kingsman agents are the new knights.
… suggesting that The Great Game may be set during the 1920s.
The phrase “the Great Game” generally, however, refers to the complex political and diplomatic brinksmanship that existed between the British and Russian Empires during the 19th century; it has also been used to describe the pastime of treating the Sherlock Holmes stories as if they were actual history.
Hopefully, the new movie will continue the Kingsman tradition of dynamically gentlemanly fight scenes, most particularly while armed with impeccably-furled umbrellas …