Kick-Ass Director Matthew Vaughn to Officially Helm X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

A few days we gave you a list of possible directors that 20th Century Fox was looking at to come on board and develop X-Men: First Class. Matthew Vaughn was on that list and he was the guy I hoped would end up directing the film. So I’m happy to tell you that Fox has officially hired Vaughn to direct X-Men: First Class!

As I previously stated Vaughn’s a very talented director who is known for making the movie he sets out to make. He doesn't bow down to what the studio wants, and will fight for the film he has envisioned without compromise. This is the kind of director that the X-Men franchise needs right now. There is actually a chance that X-Men: First Class could end up being a really good X-Men film. I'm actually surprised Fox went with him. I think Bryan Singer had a big hand in bringing him in. He reveals in the press release below that he's a fan of Vaughns work.

The movie will go into production this summer and the studio has already set the release date for June 3rd 2011, so we aren’t really going to have to wait that long to see. Here is an early synopsis for the film.

X-Men: First Class following the classic Marvel mythology, charts 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 closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known.

What are you thoughts on Vaughn directing the next X-Men film?

And here is the full press release:

BRYAN SINGER AND MATTHEW VAUGHN UNITE FOR X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

Twentieth Century Fox will release film on June 3, 2011

LOS ANGELES (May 4, 2010) __ “Kick-Ass” director Matthew Vaughn will helm X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, a new chapter in Twentieth Century Fox’s blockbuster series of films based on the Marvel Comics.

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS begins production this summer for a June 3, 2011 release. Bryan Singer, who conceived the story for FIRST CLASS and directed the original “X-Men” and its sequel “X2,” is producing along with Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg.

“I’ve been a fan of Matthew’s since LAYER CAKE,” said Singer. “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.”

Added Twentieth Century Fox president of production, Emma Watts: “X-Men: First Class presents an exciting opportunity to further explore the history and relationships of these beloved characters. Matthew’s combination of talent, verve and vision is perfectly suited to the task.”

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, following the classic Marvel mythology, charts 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 closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known.

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