Matthew Vaughn's prequel to his Kingsman franchise is going to be a little delayed getting to the big screen. Originally scheduled for a November 15 release date, the period set spy thriller will now hit cinemas on Valentine's Day 2020.
Matthew Vaughn has assembled an impressive cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Charles Dance, Rhys Ifans, and Matthew Goode. The film will be set in the early 1900s and chart the formation of the Kingsman organization. Production on the currently titled The Great Game kicked off earlier this month, Vaughn is famed for running a tight ship, so the delay is unlikely to stem from any production setbacks. The cause for the delay is probably 20th Century Fox's new owners; you might have heard of them, they're a new up and coming studio called Disney.
The Kingsman franchise is going to be taking up Matthew Vaughn's time for the foreseeable future with multiple movies currently in development. A sequel to 2017's The Golden Circle with Taron Egerton and Colin Firth set to return to conclude the main trilogy. Vaughn will go straight into pre-production on Kingsman 3 once he's finished on the prequel. There is also the US set spin-off, Stateman, that will bring Channing Tatum's character back to lead what may well turn out to be a trilogy.
Fox has also shifted the release date of James Mangold's Ford v. Ferrari film that stars Christian Bale and Matt Damon from June 28, to the now vacated November 15 date. Widely expected to be an awards contender, the Autumn release will give Mangold's film a stronger chance at taking home Oscar gold. In addition to rescheduling, Fox set a July 3, 2020 date for the Ryan Reynolds led action-comedy Free Guy directed by Shawn Levy.