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Matthew Vaughn officially signs on to direct X-Men First Class sequel

01.30.2012

Deadline is reporting that Fox has just closed a deal with director  Matthew Vaughn to once again take up the helm of the X-Men franchise, continuing where he left off with X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.

This should put to rest a lot of doubt surrounding where the X-franchise was headed after the moderate box office success of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. It was one of the best reviewed films of the franchise, but didn't exactly "slay it" at the box office, which can oftentimes hurt the potential sequel (SCOTT PILGRIM anyone?).

Simon Kinberg is writing the script and Bryan Singer is back as producer, but there are no casting or story details as of yet. Stay tuned as I'm sure they'll come flooding in very quickly. I really enjoyed X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (and actually think it's the best of the franchise) so it'll be cool to see the spearhead of its success leading the charge once again.

Extra Tidbit: May as well get it started: What new characters would you like to see in the sequel?
Source: Deadline

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12:21AM on 02/02/2012

Vaughan did a shit job

McAvoy and Fassbender were great, as was Kevin Bacon, no matter how piss poor his character was written. However, Vaughan's directing was quite bad. The editing of the film was some of the worst (probably the very worst) of last year. Other than the aforementioned actors, none of the others were good- especially Zoe Kravitz and the truly craptacular January Jones.
McAvoy and Fassbender were great, as was Kevin Bacon, no matter how piss poor his character was written. However, Vaughan's directing was quite bad. The editing of the film was some of the worst (probably the very worst) of last year. Other than the aforementioned actors, none of the others were good- especially Zoe Kravitz and the truly craptacular January Jones.
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5:56AM on 02/01/2012
Hope Magneto isnt full villain yet but him and X have a common foe but for different reasons. Oh and how awesome would a Patrick Stewart and Ian Mckellan cameo be.
Hope Magneto isnt full villain yet but him and X have a common foe but for different reasons. Oh and how awesome would a Patrick Stewart and Ian Mckellan cameo be.
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12:55AM on 02/01/2012
As long as they bring Erik back in to the fold long enough to build Cerebro at the mansion and recruit with Charles then I don't care. That will hold continuity perfect for the five films. I'd love to see Sentinels and a "Days of Future Past" storyline!!!!
As long as they bring Erik back in to the fold long enough to build Cerebro at the mansion and recruit with Charles then I don't care. That will hold continuity perfect for the five films. I'd love to see Sentinels and a "Days of Future Past" storyline!!!!
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11:56AM on 01/31/2012

Ugh!

The continuity disturbed me alot especially regarding Prof. X being crippled but in X-men Origins: Wolverine we clearly saw him WALKING!
Do a TV series, already... Oh wait, they did and it was called Mutant X (sigh)
The continuity disturbed me alot especially regarding Prof. X being crippled but in X-men Origins: Wolverine we clearly saw him WALKING!
Do a TV series, already... Oh wait, they did and it was called Mutant X (sigh)
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4:11PM on 01/31/2012
Maybe he wasn't really walking and it was just an illusion or maybe you should be a little less latched on to the boob that is continuity.
Maybe he wasn't really walking and it was just an illusion or maybe you should be a little less latched on to the boob that is continuity.
1:52AM on 02/01/2012
I don't want a MAYBE because that's lazy screenwriting, I want to know who was mindfucking cyclops and its highly unlikely Prof. X flew the ship and wheeled his ass all the way to pick up point. Dont get wrong, I know disabled people are capable of doing awesome stuff.
I don't want a MAYBE because that's lazy screenwriting, I want to know who was mindfucking cyclops and its highly unlikely Prof. X flew the ship and wheeled his ass all the way to pick up point. Dont get wrong, I know disabled people are capable of doing awesome stuff.
12:16AM on 02/02/2012
As much as I didn't like this movie, your complaint is dumb. It's called 'retconning'. Because of how poorly "Last Stand" and "Origins" were received, they opted to pretend they never happened. Did you honestly not get that?
As much as I didn't like this movie, your complaint is dumb. It's called 'retconning'. Because of how poorly "Last Stand" and "Origins" were received, they opted to pretend they never happened. Did you honestly not get that?
10:57AM on 01/31/2012

COOL NEWS

I'm glad they got the green light to do it! Hope FOX won't fuck it up, though!
They can't introduce Scoot, however, because it seems they want us to believe Havoc is Cyke's father instead of his younger brother, so, if the 2d one takes place just a few years after the 1st one, the best we can have is a baby Scott... And maybe a baby Nightcrawler as both his parents (Mystic and Azazel) are in this current Brotherhood of Evil Mutants... But, given Sinister's interest in the Summers family, he
I'm glad they got the green light to do it! Hope FOX won't fuck it up, though!
They can't introduce Scoot, however, because it seems they want us to believe Havoc is Cyke's father instead of his younger brother, so, if the 2d one takes place just a few years after the 1st one, the best we can have is a baby Scott... And maybe a baby Nightcrawler as both his parents (Mystic and Azazel) are in this current Brotherhood of Evil Mutants... But, given Sinister's interest in the Summers family, he COULD be in the 2d... Wonder what tittle they'll give the film, though!
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1:52AM on 01/31/2012
Glad that Vaughn is on board. I think he would continue with Magneto forming The Brotherhood and Professor X actually forming his first class/generation of his school. However, more Rose Byrne please.
Glad that Vaughn is on board. I think he would continue with Magneto forming The Brotherhood and Professor X actually forming his first class/generation of his school. However, more Rose Byrne please.
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10:41PM on 01/30/2012

lookin forward to it

hopefully they fix all the continuity issues they created in FC, after they get that out of the way, full steam ahead -- lookin forward to it!
hopefully they fix all the continuity issues they created in FC, after they get that out of the way, full steam ahead -- lookin forward to it!
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9:45PM on 01/30/2012
i'm definitely down for a sequel, as FC was one of the best films of last year, but i'm not down for kinberg writing it. :(
i'm definitely down for a sequel, as FC was one of the best films of last year, but i'm not down for kinberg writing it. :(
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9:02PM on 01/30/2012
There's no denying that First Class was a great movie, but I liked X2 best. However, I'm not excited about a sequel. Due to continuity, I won't get to see a lot of my favorite X-Men characters. The point of first class was to show the origin of Magneto and Professor X. Now that we've seen it, this sequel will just be an X-Men movie without the main x-men. I'm sure it'll be a good movie, but I think it's time to reboot this franchise.
There's no denying that First Class was a great movie, but I liked X2 best. However, I'm not excited about a sequel. Due to continuity, I won't get to see a lot of my favorite X-Men characters. The point of first class was to show the origin of Magneto and Professor X. Now that we've seen it, this sequel will just be an X-Men movie without the main x-men. I'm sure it'll be a good movie, but I think it's time to reboot this franchise.
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9:02PM on 01/30/2012
first Class was a breath of fresh air, and the future sequels have the chance to out-do the original trilogy.
So here's hoping Fox doesn't fuck it up like they seem contractually obligated to do for the past decade.

And I'd like to see Mr. Sinister thrown in as a villain. I don't care if he has anything to do with Scott Summers or not, just have him in there.... oh, and SENTINELS!

As for heroes, ummm I'd like to actually see Rogue as ROGUE.
first Class was a breath of fresh air, and the future sequels have the chance to out-do the original trilogy.
So here's hoping Fox doesn't fuck it up like they seem contractually obligated to do for the past decade.

And I'd like to see Mr. Sinister thrown in as a villain. I don't care if he has anything to do with Scott Summers or not, just have him in there.... oh, and SENTINELS!

As for heroes, ummm I'd like to actually see Rogue as ROGUE.
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7:42PM on 01/30/2012
1st Class was not and will never be as good as X2. That being said, I will be seeing this and hope they introduce Phsylocke, Cable, a better Juggernaut or even the Morlocks.
1st Class was not and will never be as good as X2. That being said, I will be seeing this and hope they introduce Phsylocke, Cable, a better Juggernaut or even the Morlocks.
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7:40PM on 01/30/2012

Scott Pilgrim sequel

was never discussed. Always intended to be one film.
was never discussed. Always intended to be one film.
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7:13PM on 01/30/2012
I would like to see female characters who don't end up in their underwear.
First Class was an alright movie though.
I would like to see female characters who don't end up in their underwear.
First Class was an alright movie though.
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10:49AM on 01/31/2012
Fine then, all the ladies in the film must be in their underwear at some point.
I now propose that the men should be given equal treatment and have their own underwear scenes as well. It's only fair.
Fine then, all the ladies in the film must be in their underwear at some point.
I now propose that the men should be given equal treatment and have their own underwear scenes as well. It's only fair.
6:49PM on 01/30/2012

X2 is best

And I will always hold the first film close to my heart for personal reasons. But First Class was definetely right up there with them. Watched it again recently and was surprised it till holds up so well. Although I feel the end tried to wrap too many things up. I would have liked to see one more movie of Professor X walking and still being friends with Magneto. With that said I still can't wait to see Magneto unleash some hell.

Any ideas if this will take place a full 10 years later?
And I will always hold the first film close to my heart for personal reasons. But First Class was definetely right up there with them. Watched it again recently and was surprised it till holds up so well. Although I feel the end tried to wrap too many things up. I would have liked to see one more movie of Professor X walking and still being friends with Magneto. With that said I still can't wait to see Magneto unleash some hell.

Any ideas if this will take place a full 10 years later? Different era and that would allow for some new characters to enter.
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12:10AM on 01/31/2012
I think Vaughn discussed wanting the sequel to be set in 1967, so they could really exploit the real look of the 60's and then the following film in the 80's.

Of course this was all just wishful thinking; before Vaughn had even signed up for the sequel. But now, who knows.
I think Vaughn discussed wanting the sequel to be set in 1967, so they could really exploit the real look of the 60's and then the following film in the 80's.

Of course this was all just wishful thinking; before Vaughn had even signed up for the sequel. But now, who knows.
6:36PM on 01/30/2012
Great news about Vaughn doing the sequel, glad to see X-Men back on track again, but how is grossing $150 Mil considered moderate box office? Thinking Kick Ass 2 will be pulled back even more now though.
Great news about Vaughn doing the sequel, glad to see X-Men back on track again, but how is grossing $150 Mil considered moderate box office? Thinking Kick Ass 2 will be pulled back even more now though.
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8:53PM on 01/30/2012
Cause they compared it to how the other films performed.
Cause they compared it to how the other films performed.
6:02PM on 01/30/2012

That's Great

good news,now sign up for Kick-Ass 2!
good news,now sign up for Kick-Ass 2!
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5:30PM on 01/30/2012

YUM YUM YUM

for girl :) and x-men first class was sick
for girl :) and x-men first class was sick
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5:21PM on 01/30/2012
X2: X-men United is still the best film of the franchise. I would rank First Class about equal with the first X-men film. I'm glad Vaughn is retuning though for the sequel.
X2: X-men United is still the best film of the franchise. I would rank First Class about equal with the first X-men film. I'm glad Vaughn is retuning though for the sequel.
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5:12PM on 01/30/2012
First off, Singer needs to stay away from any of the pre-prod and the story in general and just be the money man for this film, mainly because he just sucks at action stories. Second, let Vaughn have free-reign to do what he does best like he did with Kick-Ass.
As for the story, how about bringing the High Evolutionary into it? They could introduce the Savage Land and possibly even Ka-Zar.
First off, Singer needs to stay away from any of the pre-prod and the story in general and just be the money man for this film, mainly because he just sucks at action stories. Second, let Vaughn have free-reign to do what he does best like he did with Kick-Ass.
As for the story, how about bringing the High Evolutionary into it? They could introduce the Savage Land and possibly even Ka-Zar.
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4:49PM on 01/30/2012
Hopefully they drop January Jones from this movie as she was nothing short of godawful in the first. Rest of the movie was fantastic.
Hopefully they drop January Jones from this movie as she was nothing short of godawful in the first. Rest of the movie was fantastic.
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4:35PM on 01/30/2012

Don't bend over for the soap, Shafias!

Not the biggest fan of First Class (I thought they liked Magneto too much and Prof. X not enough) but I liked it well enough that I'd see a sequel.

And yes, Hugh Jackman should come back as Wolverine.
Not the biggest fan of First Class (I thought they liked Magneto too much and Prof. X not enough) but I liked it well enough that I'd see a sequel.

And yes, Hugh Jackman should come back as Wolverine.
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7:15PM on 01/30/2012
You get a thumbs up for somehow bringing a comment about a Canadian murder trial onto a movie discussion.
You get a thumbs up for somehow bringing a comment about a Canadian murder trial onto a movie discussion.
11:27PM on 01/30/2012
You have no idea how happy I was when the guilty verdicts came down. Those idiots got what they deserved.
You have no idea how happy I was when the guilty verdicts came down. Those idiots got what they deserved.
4:09PM on 01/30/2012
Awesome! Even though X-Men First Class slightly underperformed at the box office, I felt it regained a lot of the goodwill that was all but squandered away. The sequel will surely be massive. Let's hope Fox give Vaughn the time he needs to make this killer, instead of rushing his ass last time.
Awesome! Even though X-Men First Class slightly underperformed at the box office, I felt it regained a lot of the goodwill that was all but squandered away. The sequel will surely be massive. Let's hope Fox give Vaughn the time he needs to make this killer, instead of rushing his ass last time.
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3:50PM on 01/30/2012

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Sentinels. PLEASE!
Sentinels. PLEASE!
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3:44PM on 01/30/2012
I want Mr. Sinister! Have him going after a young Scott Summers.
I want Mr. Sinister! Have him going after a young Scott Summers.
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3:49PM on 01/30/2012
That would be awesome.
That would be awesome.
3:23PM on 01/30/2012
Yes!
Now let's hope Henry Jackman is on board because score to First Class was killer!
Yes!
Now let's hope Henry Jackman is on board because score to First Class was killer!
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3:58PM on 01/30/2012
Absolutely agree. Jackman's score was one of the best of the year and one of the best for a superhero film ever.
Absolutely agree. Jackman's score was one of the best of the year and one of the best for a superhero film ever.
3:19PM on 01/30/2012
Great news! Matthew Vaughn, McAvoy, and Fassbender really breathed new life into this franchise. I think that now that the origin story is all done, the sequel should have alot more action in it from the get go.

Hopefully they start introducing new characters into the storyline like Cyclops and Jean Grey. Maybe another cameo from a mutant we have already seen before in the previous X-Men films.
Great news! Matthew Vaughn, McAvoy, and Fassbender really breathed new life into this franchise. I think that now that the origin story is all done, the sequel should have alot more action in it from the get go.

Hopefully they start introducing new characters into the storyline like Cyclops and Jean Grey. Maybe another cameo from a mutant we have already seen before in the previous X-Men films.
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3:07PM on 01/30/2012
X2 is still my favorite. You can't top that opening scene with Nightcrawler. You just can't! But yes, this is good news. Tis true.
X2 is still my favorite. You can't top that opening scene with Nightcrawler. You just can't! But yes, this is good news. Tis true.
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2:47PM on 01/30/2012
I loved the first one, and would love a sequel! But why the hell are they not bringing back the same writers, indstead they go with a guy who has made crap like the franchise killer X-Men Last Stand!
I loved the first one, and would love a sequel! But why the hell are they not bringing back the same writers, indstead they go with a guy who has made crap like the franchise killer X-Men Last Stand!
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8:51PM on 01/30/2012
That's what I said!
That's what I said!
2:40PM on 01/30/2012
This is great news!
This is great news!
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2:32PM on 01/30/2012
Ask WB if it's a good idea to follow up a critically acclaimed but modest BO performer. They went full on with a Batman sequel after begins and the results were legendary. This makes sense
Ask WB if it's a good idea to follow up a critically acclaimed but modest BO performer. They went full on with a Batman sequel after begins and the results were legendary. This makes sense
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2:31PM on 01/30/2012

First Class was pretty good

I just still wish that they hadn't went with the ending that they did. I would happily have watched the status quo established earlier in the film for another movie or two. With Charles and Erik already on opposite sides, it's like nothing really changed between the end of First Class and the first X-Men. Also, shoulda been a reboot, cos it led to pointless continuity issues with the other movies, which hit a dead end with The Last Stand anyway. Looking forward to the sequel though, on the
I just still wish that they hadn't went with the ending that they did. I would happily have watched the status quo established earlier in the film for another movie or two. With Charles and Erik already on opposite sides, it's like nothing really changed between the end of First Class and the first X-Men. Also, shoulda been a reboot, cos it led to pointless continuity issues with the other movies, which hit a dead end with The Last Stand anyway. Looking forward to the sequel though, on the promise of First Class.
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2:30PM on 01/30/2012
Way to go Matt...thrilled to have you back!
Now that X-MEN no longer puts a sour taste in people's mouths, I guarantee the next movie will make much more money.
Way to go Matt...thrilled to have you back!
Now that X-MEN no longer puts a sour taste in people's mouths, I guarantee the next movie will make much more money.
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2:21PM on 01/30/2012
Very pleased with this news, First Class was excellent. I don't think Vaughn gets enough credit, every movie he's directed so far has been at least good.
Very pleased with this news, First Class was excellent. I don't think Vaughn gets enough credit, every movie he's directed so far has been at least good.
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2:17PM on 01/30/2012
Really, really enjoyed it. Great overall film, I'm happy to see the go-ahead on this after all that speculation.
Really, really enjoyed it. Great overall film, I'm happy to see the go-ahead on this after all that speculation.
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