Director Matthew Vaughn, who also directed the first installment Kingsman: The Secret Service and was successful with it, decided to call the shots for the sequel as well. Vaughn, who is usually not a fan of any kind of deleted scenes, is considering an Extended Cut on Blu-ray in this particular case because there is way too much footage he had to cut in order to reach an acceptable length for movie theaters.
According to Vaughn, he first cut of the sequel had a length of 3 hours 40 minutes. For that reason, a lot of footage needed to be cut. He did it with a heavy heart though and he also believes the movie would be quite entertaining with those scenes in it which is why he is thinking of an Extended Cut of Kingsman: The Golden Circle. When 20th Century Fox suggested to make a two-parter out of it, Vaughn refused though.
In an interview with Collider, he says:
I thought it was highly watchable… That was the part about being a sequel as well, I lost my discipline where you’re with a bunch of friends and you go, ‘Oh that’s a good idea’, and it was a good idea, but everything just got longer and longer and longer. There was a moment where the studio said, ‘Hey should we do The Golden Circle Part 1 and Part 2?’ and I went ‘Absolutely no way we’re doing that, this is The Golden Circle.’
But maybe I can do another cut. Some of the stuff we cut out was so good, as well, that I was very sad to see it cut. Normally when I edit, stuff that’s not good enough just gets cut out and it’s pretty quick to get down to a manageable length. You just go ‘Yeah that doesn’t really work.’ This time it was like, ‘That really works.’
I never really put deleted scenes on. I always say about filmmaking it’s like eating sausages, it’s best not to really know how we do it, I think it ruins the magic. I might do another cut of this film. I don’t think I’ll do deleted scenes, because obviously you don’t really understand the context, how it fits in, and they don’t polish them up properly. But I think it could be pretty cool to do a Kingsman: The Golden Circle – Version 2, it might be fun. If people see this I’ve got a real—and also that will spark some real debate about what I cut out and why, and I’m sure some people will say I was an idiot for doing it.