Less than 24 hours ago, we brought you news that Kick-Ass director/co-writer Matthew Vaughn was in negotiations with Twentieth Century Fox about directing the upcoming prequel X-Men: First Class. It looks like the studio was happy with their meeting, as they have officially attached Vaughn as director.
From Heat Vision:
Vaughn’s involvement had been on and off, with negotiations resuming yesterday thanks to the involvement of producer Bryan Singer. Another factor had been Fox’s desire of wanting to have a finished film for next summer, making the search for a director who can deliver a quality film a priority.
On top of that, Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who worked on Marvel’s “Thor” movie, did a rewrite on the “First Class” script that convinced execs that making a movie for next year was possible. According to Fox, “First Class” will “chart the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time.
Before they were archenemies, they were the closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.”
So not only do we have rewrites on the film, a director, and franchise helmer Singer’s stamp of approval, but the film also has a release date of June 3, 2011. This means that you can expect casting news to start pouring out over the next few weeks, as principal photography needs to start as soon as possible.