Matthew Vaughn Not Passing on X-Men: First Class?

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:09 pm,

On Friday we reported the news that Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn had been offered the director’s job for X-Men: First Class, but shortly thereafter it was reported that he was passing on the opportunity.

Other names were thrown into the mix to take on X-Men: First Class, including Daniel Espinosa, Louis Leterrier, Jonathan Mostow, David Slade, Rupert Sanders, Timur Bekmambetov and Carl Erick Rinsch, but now it seems Vaughn is back in negotiations to take over the spot Bryan Singer was originally set for.

After endless speculation and talk, Bryan Singer was brought back into the fold to help point Fox’s X-Men franchise in the right direction for producer Lauren Shuler Donner, who kept a strong relationship with the director over the years. Singer was set to helm the X-Men prequel, a film about the first mutants that form the X-Men team under Professor X’s guidance, but was forced out due to previous obligation to Warner Bros. to director Jack the Giant Killer.

We had heard at the time that there were a few names in consideration to takeover the job, names that fans could get excited about and Matthew Vaughn was one of them.

Vaughn of course was hired to direct X-Men 3 after Singer dropped out of that one a few years back but dropped out himself for a variety of reasons. He swears now that his movie would of been a lot better than what Brett Ratner did with the franchise and I believe him.

The news of Vaughn back in talks for X-Men: First Class comes from Deadline, who are exclusively reporting that interviews were canceled today once Vaughn was back in the picture and that his reps are close to signing a deal.

If Singer’s not directing, Vaughn is a great choice to take his place and I sincerely wish one of them did X-Men 3 back when they had the chance so we wouldn’t be where we are today. It’s clear Fox is trying to win the fans back with the decisions to bring Singer back and to bring in Vaughn to direct now.

What do you think about Matthew Vaughn, the man who demands creative freedom and who was hired to direct an X-Men movie previously, being brought in to direct X-Men: First Class?

If you’re a fan, check out our articles on What We Need From X-Men 4 and on What X-Men 3 Could Have Been.

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Sources: Cinematical, Deadline

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  1. Please no!

    • This has nothing to do with this story….. but…

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  2. Yeah well they might buy Vaughn but that doesn’t convince me of anything. Fox isn’t the place for Marvel characters it’s like being in foster care when you’d rather be living with your real parents. This is easily a case of radical reversal of fortunes for Marvel. The properties (kids) aren’t permanently placed, Marvel wants its kids back but it’s up to us to ensure they get back home…

    • If Matthew Vaughn, truly demands creative freedom, he should base “First Class” on the five original X-Men.

      But then again this is Fox Studios who continue to screw with MARVEL characters.

    • AW dude you hit it on the nose!!! Good post!

    • @the old man we all know that FOX must have offered Vaughn a WAPPING GWAP to do this. No matter how much they say they’re going to leave him alone, they won’t, they WILL interfere and Vaughn shouldn’t even waste his time with Fox.

  3. WordPress, eh? All right then. Well, back on topic. Having not seen Kick Ass, I have no idea if he is the right choice. It seems though that all the praise from nerds everywhere about him means that he does not suck.

  4. Ah, so this was WordPress-related? I never knew, though should have since I still technically have a WordPress website.

  5. alright, Vaughn should do a great job

  6. Definitely an intriguing development. Perhaps this will give us a slightly more down-and-dirty X-Men. By that, I don’t mean unnecessary violence and cursing. I just mean a slightly grittier feel. Would be interesting.

  7. How about Kick-Ass 2, 3, and 4 etc!!!???

  8. And possibly take over Batman once Nolan’s done!!!???

  9. Fox’s X-Men franchise is dead to me. I’m sure Vaughn will do a good job, but I’d really rather he make a proper Marvel Studios film instead. Doctor Strange?

  10. The problem I have is Fox. I soo wish Disney could somehow buy these guys so we could have Marvel reboot the entire X-Men movies. I have no problem with Vaughn; his last movie, I felt, was very good.

  11. I’m in TOTAL agreement with those who think that the current FOX X-universe should be scrapped, and rebuilt from the ground up. It would be sweeeeeet to see the original five members as depicted in the Marvel comics brought together with a good cast and script…
    Unfortunately, I truly believe that only Marvel Studios could pull it off…(sigh) Vaughn has shown what he can do with the proper tools, but I sincerely doubt that FOX would give him free reign to turn out his vision of the X-Men origin accurately. Its such a shame.

  12. You know their was a time when Marvel couldn’t give its kids what they should have in filmdom. That was sad but it never shook Marvel’s resolve to ensure that the kids get their shot at success, so they gave them up for a time. But like a family that came back from the brink of some great disaster Marvel is better than ever and can do right by all its kids. Sure the foster organizations tried to do what they thought was best for the kids but it hasn’t worked out. Why allow the kids to suffer any longer?

    Now the kids are being forced to work to make the foster organizations look responsible. Really though these are half measures. Ensure the kids get back home by not buying that theater ticket. This really isn’t that big of a sacrifice. If you must see it wait and rent it as cheap as possible. You’ll be showing support for the kids but send a clear message to foster care.

    To Fox and Sony hey you’ve got some sweet memories but stop being selfish let the kids go back to their family.

  13. I would like to see the Xmen to fight Omega Red in this movie.
    Omega Red can team up with Brainiac. How about that?