I didn’t really expect a sequel to last year’s X-Men: First Class. I don’t recall it making much money, and there’s only been murmurings since. Goes to show you what I know! Which, as you probably surmised a long time ago, is nothing! Jack shit. There is indeedly going to be a sequel poppin’, and Matty Vaughn shall be helming the ship once more.
Fox did very well with two franchise prequels/reboots last year: Rise of the Planet of the Apes and X-Men: First Class. We know that the studio is actively moving forward with another Apes film, and last November we learned that Simon Kinberg had been hired to write the movie that will follow First Class.
The actors involved in the X-Men film are all likely to return, thanks to multiple-picture deals, but we didn’t know about director/co-writer Matthew Vaughn and producer Bryan Singer. The latter seemed like a lock, given that he has been involved with Fox’s X-Men film series from the beginning, and we’ve known that Fox was talking with Vaughn. Now we’ve got a report that says Singer and Vaughn have both signed deals to make the First Class sequel.
Deadline has the news about Vaughn in a larger piece about Fox’s plans for 2012:
Fox has just closed a deal with Matthew Vaughn to come back and direct the sequel to X-Men: First Class, with Simon Kinberg writing the script and Bryan Singer back as producer.
Egg salad! I really enjoyed the Cold War Freudian Boner Jam that Vaughn et al brought to the screen last year, and I’m eager to see where they go from there.