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Vaughn is on, and X-Men First Class already has a release date

05.04.2010

He's in, he's out! He's in again! No, he's out.

Nope, now he's definitely in. Amidst a veritable frenzy of activity over the past few days that found him circling, passing on and then reconsidering the project, KICK-ASS director Matthew Vaughn will officially enroll in Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters and handle Fox's X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.

And it's probably a good thing Vaughn is already quite familiar with the mutants (he famously bailed on X-MEN 3 and left it to Brett Ratner), since he'll have to make it snappy -- Fox already has a release date of June 3, 2011. This puts it almost right between Marvel's THOR (May 6) and CAPTAIN AMERICA (July 22), but just two weeks before DC's hero GREEN LANTERN (June 17).

Word is that it took some chatting with the movie franchise's originator (and FIRST CLASS producer) Bryan Singer to bring Vaughn around. Singer had this to say: "I've been a fan of Matthew's since LAYER CAKE. 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."

The official rundown: 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. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X’Men.

UPDATE: Heat Vision claims that the project may even be looking for actors already. As they state: "Word among the Hollywood community is that Singer has been using JACK THE GIANT KILLER's casting process as an opportunity to look for potential X-Men, vetting actors who may be qualified to play a young Cyclops or young Jean Grey. In a way, he is casting two movies simultaneously and earning the title of multitasker of the month."

Extra Tidbit: Think they'll try to reboot Angel and/or Iceman, or just pull other members from later lineups?
Source: Fox

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6:15PM on 05/05/2010

Xceptional!

Thats great! I'm glad they finally just nabbed the guy for this. Cast it now and Make it happen. I want a return to Greatness once again. Though it does make me realize that there's going to be a whole bunch of new superhero movies next year...Should be another fun-filled year for us all...Long Live Comic Movies!!!
Thats great! I'm glad they finally just nabbed the guy for this. Cast it now and Make it happen. I want a return to Greatness once again. Though it does make me realize that there's going to be a whole bunch of new superhero movies next year...Should be another fun-filled year for us all...Long Live Comic Movies!!!
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1:31PM on 05/05/2010

well...

if it was going to happen then i'm glad they got Mr. Vaughn onboard.
if it was going to happen then i'm glad they got Mr. Vaughn onboard.
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8:25AM on 05/05/2010

Reboot

Anyone wanna take a guess and say Mark Strong for a Rebooted Professor X?
Anyone wanna take a guess and say Mark Strong for a Rebooted Professor X?
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7:22AM on 05/05/2010

At this point...

I'll be in the theater more than the pool next summer!
I'll be in the theater more than the pool next summer!
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5:29AM on 05/05/2010

Jane Goldman attached?

Said on twitter this morning - @wossy Morning all. My wife has just taken on a big new exciting movie. So I'll be doing the cooking for the next 10 weeks. Wish the kids luck...
Said on twitter this morning - @wossy Morning all. My wife has just taken on a big new exciting movie. So I'll be doing the cooking for the next 10 weeks. Wish the kids luck...
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4:38AM on 05/05/2010
Agree with you HedwigX. Question is if its really smart releasing all these "similar" movies the same year, competing for the same consumer-groups.

Marvel studios releases next year : (imdb)
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Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Thor (2011)
Deadpool (2011)
Deathlok (2011)
Luke Cage (2011)
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I didn't even know a Luke Cage movie was to be released. Together with Green Lantern and now also X-Men First Class. Although; I guess the Deadpool movie has been postponed ?
Agree with you HedwigX. Question is if its really smart releasing all these "similar" movies the same year, competing for the same consumer-groups.

Marvel studios releases next year : (imdb)
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Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Thor (2011)
Deadpool (2011)
Deathlok (2011)
Luke Cage (2011)
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I didn't even know a Luke Cage movie was to be released. Together with Green Lantern and now also X-Men First Class. Although; I guess the Deadpool movie has been postponed ?
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2:40AM on 05/05/2010

Too! Many! Movies!

Next summer has way too many comic movies out- the market's too bloody crowded. On top of this, who really wants to see another Fox fuck-up of X-Men, (with all the goodwill in the world to Vaughn)?
Next summer has way too many comic movies out- the market's too bloody crowded. On top of this, who really wants to see another Fox fuck-up of X-Men, (with all the goodwill in the world to Vaughn)?
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1:22AM on 05/05/2010
So it's official? hell yeah! finally we get to see what Vaughn can do with the X-MEN, if all goes well, which I think will, maybe he could be a contender to direct X4 and Singer can pass down the torch to Vaughn, even though I'd still love to see Singer helm the fourth X-film, Singer could probably even direct the Wolverine sequel.
So it's official? hell yeah! finally we get to see what Vaughn can do with the X-MEN, if all goes well, which I think will, maybe he could be a contender to direct X4 and Singer can pass down the torch to Vaughn, even though I'd still love to see Singer helm the fourth X-film, Singer could probably even direct the Wolverine sequel.
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12:52AM on 05/05/2010

Don't they already have young Cyclops?

We saw him in X-Men Origins. Young Cyclops plus a whole boatload of other young mutants...so why's Singer seeking another Cyclops? Anyway, a X-Men movie in a year, and without Wolverine. Boy, this is gonna' hilarious to watch. While this could work, I'm gonna' have fun watching marketing for this roll out by the week! I've lost faith in Fox, by the way.
We saw him in X-Men Origins. Young Cyclops plus a whole boatload of other young mutants...so why's Singer seeking another Cyclops? Anyway, a X-Men movie in a year, and without Wolverine. Boy, this is gonna' hilarious to watch. While this could work, I'm gonna' have fun watching marketing for this roll out by the week! I've lost faith in Fox, by the way.
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12:40AM on 05/05/2010

they're gonna make this in 1 year?

Wow, I don't care if they got this guy to direct, they're making a shitty story, into a stupid movie in about a years time? It's gonna be balls
Wow, I don't care if they got this guy to direct, they're making a shitty story, into a stupid movie in about a years time? It's gonna be balls
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11:13PM on 05/04/2010

MAN THIS YEAR SUCKS

IRONMAN 2 is really the only big superhero movie this summer next year is loaded I'm goin into a coma for about a year after I see IRONMAN 2. I really hope this puts the X-MEN series back on track and creates a new continuity.
IRONMAN 2 is really the only big superhero movie this summer next year is loaded I'm goin into a coma for about a year after I see IRONMAN 2. I really hope this puts the X-MEN series back on track and creates a new continuity.
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10:58PM on 05/04/2010

the whole movie franchise has been lame

even the overrated X2. But, Kick-Ass was better than X1-3 and Wolverine combined, so im excited about Vaughn
even the overrated X2. But, Kick-Ass was better than X1-3 and Wolverine combined, so im excited about Vaughn
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10:55PM on 05/04/2010
As long as Fox is behind it, no news can make this sound good.
As long as Fox is behind it, no news can make this sound good.
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10:38PM on 05/04/2010
Wow, a full 13 months to make this movie. I am so glad Fox is making this movie, because now I know there main goal is quality and not just rushing out another film to keep the rights from transferring to Marvel.

Sarcasm aside, I hope Vaughn can rekindle my interest in this franchise, but with Fox still behind the wheel I have my doubts.
Wow, a full 13 months to make this movie. I am so glad Fox is making this movie, because now I know there main goal is quality and not just rushing out another film to keep the rights from transferring to Marvel.

Sarcasm aside, I hope Vaughn can rekindle my interest in this franchise, but with Fox still behind the wheel I have my doubts.
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10:36PM on 05/04/2010
After Ratner destroyed the series with a slew of pointless character cameos, a cluttered story, a pointless story, and elicited horrific performances from the entire cast, it'll be good to have a reboot. Here's hoping they do it right.
After Ratner destroyed the series with a slew of pointless character cameos, a cluttered story, a pointless story, and elicited horrific performances from the entire cast, it'll be good to have a reboot. Here's hoping they do it right.
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10:19PM on 05/04/2010

It wasn't Vaughn's Fault X3

When you combine Halle Berry (Major Bitch declares more screen time. Bryan Singer saved us 2 rounds), Ellen Page (Super Douche who just shows up on set doing her best Ellen Page impression), and Brett Ratner (Douche de la Douches. No explanation necessary) it's obviously going to be hell. Vaughn just needs a fresh take. (X3 was doomed once Bryan Singer left with his direction. Nobody knew where to take it but him and his writers.)
When you combine Halle Berry (Major Bitch declares more screen time. Bryan Singer saved us 2 rounds), Ellen Page (Super Douche who just shows up on set doing her best Ellen Page impression), and Brett Ratner (Douche de la Douches. No explanation necessary) it's obviously going to be hell. Vaughn just needs a fresh take. (X3 was doomed once Bryan Singer left with his direction. Nobody knew where to take it but him and his writers.)
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10:14PM on 05/04/2010
I guess that would be interesting if they took other characters from later line ups like Storm and Emma Frost but I thought this was an adaptation of a specific graphic novel instead of just a straight up prequal?
I guess that would be interesting if they took other characters from later line ups like Storm and Emma Frost but I thought this was an adaptation of a specific graphic novel instead of just a straight up prequal?
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9:59PM on 05/04/2010
Finally, there is a light at the end of the tunnel of all of this X-Men drama. Hopefully, Vaughn can put this franchise back together on the right track. I still want to see X-Men 4 with Singer directing with a storyline involving The Sentinels. I think that would be a fitting ending to this franchise.
Finally, there is a light at the end of the tunnel of all of this X-Men drama. Hopefully, Vaughn can put this franchise back together on the right track. I still want to see X-Men 4 with Singer directing with a storyline involving The Sentinels. I think that would be a fitting ending to this franchise.
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9:55PM on 05/04/2010
I find it odd that people are cheering for a reboot because of how much they hated X3.

Yet Vaughn is the VERY reason X3 sucked. He called all the shots when it was most important. All Ratner did was show up on set to yell "action".
I find it odd that people are cheering for a reboot because of how much they hated X3.

Yet Vaughn is the VERY reason X3 sucked. He called all the shots when it was most important. All Ratner did was show up on set to yell "action".
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9:44PM on 05/04/2010

Original 5

Has to be those five, or the title First Class makes no sense.
Has to be those five, or the title First Class makes no sense.
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9:43PM on 05/04/2010

Reboot!

I agree with the Reboot here. Perfect timing with Spider-Man's reboot. In fact...I'd love to see a continuous series of franchises (Batman, X-Men) created by one Director and then rebooted by another with a different style. Only appropriate with these comic book movies...its like the artists and writers that take on series after a few years.
I agree with the Reboot here. Perfect timing with Spider-Man's reboot. In fact...I'd love to see a continuous series of franchises (Batman, X-Men) created by one Director and then rebooted by another with a different style. Only appropriate with these comic book movies...its like the artists and writers that take on series after a few years.
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9:21PM on 05/04/2010
I hope it is a reboot... not because I hated X-Men 3 or anything - but I think it would be cool to see a movie with the real original five
I hope it is a reboot... not because I hated X-Men 3 or anything - but I think it would be cool to see a movie with the real original five
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9:17PM on 05/04/2010

i would trust Vaughn on any movie

dude is filled with surprises,and all of them are really good yet underrated, good move fox.
dude is filled with surprises,and all of them are really good yet underrated, good move fox.
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