From Kick-Ass to First Class (UPDATED)

May 3, 2010

UPDATE:Its now official, Matthew Vaughn will direct X-Men: First Class and the film now has a release date of June 2011. The official press release follows after the break.

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.

The original post follows:

Matthew Vaughn, director of Kick-Ass and Layer Cake, is negotiating a deal with 20th Century Fox to direct X-Men: First Class.

X-Men:First Class was originally set to be directed by Bryan Singer, the original director of the series, but he had to step down due to his commitment to direct jack the Giant Killer for Warner Bros.

Matthew Vaughn is no stranger to the X-Men films. He was the original replacement for Singer when he stepped down to direct Superman Returns instead of the third X-Men. Vaughn eventually left to the level of studio involvement in the film, that he felt was hindering the story.

Fox wants the film to start filming in late Summer or early Fall.

SOURCE: Deadline, Slashfilm

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