AceShowbiz - Filmmaker Matthew Vaughn is officially set to turn his hugely successful "Kingsman" spy franchise into a trilogy.
The director has been confirmed to reunite with co-writer Jane Goldman to work on a new instalment, a follow-up to the first "Kingsman: The Secret Service" in 2015, and its 2017 sequel, "Kingsman: The Golden Circle".
Vaughn had previously openly discussed story ideas for "Kingsman 3", but now studio bosses at 20th Century Fox have sealed a deal for his return, and have scheduled the movie for a November, 2019 launch - taking on the release date originally given to another spy film, "Bond 25", before director Danny Boyle exited the next 007 project.
In a recent interview with Empire magazine, Vaughn explained he would want the third film to mark "the conclusion of the Harry Hart-Eggsy relationship".
Fans are also hoping "The Golden Circle" co-stars Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, and Jeff Bridges, who were members of the U.S. secret service Statesman, will feature in "Kingsman 3", although casting and plot details have yet to be released.
The news emerges after Vaughn revealed he is developing a separate Statesman movie, as well as a "Kingsman" TV spin-off, to continue building on the characters from Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar's Kingsman comic book series the films are adapted from.
The original "Kingsman: The Secret Service" proved to be a huge box office success upon its opening three years ago, grossing $414.4 million (£316.8 million) worldwide, while last year's sequel also fared well, banking $410 million (£313.5 million) globally, despite receiving mixed reviews from fans and critics alike.