Deadline is reporting Matthew Vaughn has signed the deal with Fox to direct the sequel for X-Men: First Class. I’m sorry everyone who was holding out hope Vaughn would be behind a Kick-Ass sequel, but I still welcome the news. First Class was the best X-Men film yet, and the added 60s flair made is seem fresh, no lingering X3 stink.
Vaughn’s been dropping hints about what he’d like to see the sequel explore, saying in an interview last year,
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 while I hear this and think it sounds a little campy, I’d probably have thought the same had I heard Kevin Bacon would hijack the Cuban Missile Crisis. I have faith that with Vaughn involved this premise could be done well. Awesome in fact, since we already know Michael Fassbender is the best Magneto since, well, Ian McKellan.
Also in the report is the news Simon Kinberg will write the script and Bryan Singer will be back as producer. Which again only speaks to the high hopes for its quality.
Let’s cross our fingers this announcement means pre-production starts this year.