After some on-and-off negotiations, “Kick-Ass” director Matthew Vaughn has signed on to direct the next “X-Men” movie.
He’ll be going to work pretty soon, too: 20th Century Fox has set a release date of June 3, 2011 for “X-Men: First Class,” which will tell the story of how mutants Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr (aka Magneto) developed their powers and, before becoming bitter enemies, worked together to stop “the greatest threat the world has ever known,” according to a release from the studio.
The movie will also feature some characters from previous “X-Men” movies, as well as some new ones.
Bryan Singer, who directed the first two “X-Men” movies, was initially set to do the same with “First Class” but instead is focusing on another project, “Jack the Giant.” He’ll be a producer, though, with Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg. “Chuck” co-creator Josh Schwartz and Jamie Moss (“Street Kings”) wrote the screenplay.
“I’ve been a fan of Matthew’s since ‘Layer Cake,'” Singer says of Vaughn. “He has a deft hand with multiple characters and storylines, 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.”
Production on the movie is set to begin in the summer.
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