Vaughn directing X-Men: First Class
After hearing that Matthew Vaughn was in discussions, then out, then back in, it's been announced that Vaughn has indeed signed the deal for the next X-Men film, X-Men: First Class, and Bryan Singer has confirmed that he's going to be directing the film.
What's more is that he reveals what the sticking point might have been, and it doesn't sound like money, a reason touted by one source, but actually creative control, and Singer reveals that the next X-Men film might well be in Vaughn's styling.
Bryan Singer has talked about the signing of the writer/director and said:
”I've been a fan of Matthew's since Layer Cake...He has a deft hand with multiple characters and story-lines, and a great love of the X-Men universe. I feel the combination of this story and his vision will make for an exciting and original X-Men film.”
Now that's interesting, did you catch that bit? His story and vision? That surely means that Matthew Vaughnn is getting to rewrite the film in his way, and also add his own unique view to the film, it means that it was creative control that was holding him back from signing in the first place, something it now appears he has.
Bryan Singer conceived the story for X-Men: First Class, but it looks like Matthew Vaughn is going to be rewriting it, and probably with his writing partner Jane Goldman on the job as well.
It's going to be interesting to see how he brings this story of the two men at the heart of the X-Men universe to the big screen. X-Men: First Class isn't just about the young X-Men, it's going to explore the relationship between Xavier and Lensherr before they were Professor X and Magneto, how they discovered their powers, how they came together as friends, and how they became respectful enemies.
I'm surprised he's signed on to do it, but at the same time I'm really hopeful for the film. Where once I thought it would be a teen version of the X-Men, as so many films do when they hit the prequel route these days, this could actually turn out to be a meaningful and enjoyable addition to the franchise. He could even bring it back to life.