'Sherlock Holmes' Screenwriter to Script 'X-Men: First Class' Sequel
Since the period set prequel X-Men: First Class made quite a splash as a flashy and well-executed installment of the Marvel Comics franchise, a sequel in situations like this is pretty much a no-brainer. Now it sounds like Fox is making their first move on development for a follow-up as Superhero Hype reports Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith writer Simon Kinberg (who also produced X-Men: First Class as well) is being brought in to write the sequel to Matthew Vaughn's initial origin story of Magneto and Professor X. However, one film in Kinberg's filmography might get some fanboys out there a little worried.
In addition to producing the film to which he is now hired to write the sequel, Kinberg sadly also had a hand in the less impressive mutant sequel X-Men: The Last Stand. Of course, when it comes to Fox's franchise films, there are usually a handful of writers who rework the screenplays over a period of time. In the cast of X-Men: First Class, Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are credited with writing the script, but Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman certainly contributed a lot to the script as well. In addition, these writers were only part of the later writing process. So if anyone is worried that Kinberg could take this franchise into a nosedive, he's likely only writing the first draft, which much more work on the script to come down the road.
What fans will really be wondering about is where the sequel might be headed. An interview with HitFix awhile back revealed how director Matthew Vaughn would start the next film, and that gives us an idea of the kind of conflict we would be looking at. Vaughn says:
"I’ve got some ideas for the opening for the next film. I thought it would be fun to open with the Kennedy Assassination, and we reveal that the magic bullet was controlled by Magneto. That would explain the physics of it, and we see that he’s pissed off because Kennedy took all the credit for saving the world and mutants weren’t even mentioned. And we could go from there, and I’ve got some fun ideas about what other mutants to bring in. I don’t want to tempt fate, though. If the film’s a hit, of course I’d be interested. I really enjoyed making it.”
In addition, unlike the other X-Men sequels, Vaughn says he would only introduce one new character to take care of the mere fact that Magneto needs someone to tangle with now that Charles Xavier is in a wheelchair. However, Vaughn didn't reveal who the character might be. Of course, there's no guarantee that Vaughn would actually come back for the sequel considering his distaste for working within the studio system and on a really tight schedule, not to mention the filmmaker is already working on adaptations of Superior and Secret Service, one of which he might end up taking as his next directing gig. Either way, you can expect the sequel to move swiftly into development, but hopefully not rushed enough to ruin the start of a good thing.