Matthew Vaughn Will Be Directing X-Men: First Class After All
Wait, what? On Friday last week, news hit stating that Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn was one of the frontrunners to direct Fox's X-Men: First Class movie in place of Bryan Singer (who was forced to leave back in March). But then other industry trade news sites started saying that Vaughn had already passed and other directors, like Daniel Espinosa, were in the top spot. But now Deadline is stating that Fox passed on the others when "Vaughn came back into the picture this morning." For reasons we don't know, it looks like Vaughn has returned for this, and now Fox is negotiating a deal to have him direct this prequel after all.
So, despite claims otherwise, Deadline says for sure that Fox "is working with [Vaughn's] reps to close the deal." I wonder if all the buzz from his involvement on Friday helped push him in the direction of taking this on. Let's not forget that Fox almost hired him for X-Men 3 before bailing and choosing Brett Ratner instead (that's how all of the other directors in the running must feel right now). Vaughn is a great director, one of my favorites at the moment, I just think he makes fantastic movies when he's not constrained by the studio (read my interview - he hates studios!), so I'll be curious to see how his working relationship is with Fox.
As a reminder, X-Men: First Class, with a new draft of the written penned by Bryan Singer and his people, will focus on Professor X and Magneto and "the point where their friendship soured." It will also "detail the beginning of the school for mutants and have younger incarnations of some characters with new actors in roles of Cyclops, Jean Grey, the Beast, etc." We'll keep you updated on all the latest with X-Men: First Class, as Fox wants to start shooting on this right away. Your thoughts on Vaughn finally directing X-Men?