Kick-Ass co-writer Jane Goldman is hard at work on the X-Men: First Class script – at least that’s what her husband Jonathan Ross says.
Ross, a well-known British TV and radio personality, recently tweeted, “G;night all. The wife is away writing X Men 4 so I am off to bed with little Sweeney alone. He will keep my feet warm and my spirits high.”
It’s not entirely a surprise to hear Goldman’s name mentioned in conjunction with a film being helmed by Matthew Vaughn, as the two have worked closely as co-writers on two other Vaughn directed films - Stardust and the recent mega-hit Kick-Ass.
Ross was encouraging of the creative relationship Goldman and Vaughn share, “They’re a great team, imho.” He was also quick to shut-down any speculation that Goldman wasn’t writing First Class but was actually penning a sequel to X-Men: The Last Stand, “Also, for those who need to know, my wife IS currently writing X men First Class. It’s just referred to as X men 4 around the house…”
It’s unclear at this point whether Goldman is working on a new script or merely rewriting portions of the Bryan Singer treatment (penned by Jamie Moss) – which focused heavily on the earlier years of the relationship between Professor X and Magneto. Considering that Singer is still attached as a producer, it’s difficult to imagine Vaughn and Goldman coming in and totally tossing the X-Men veteran’s hard-work.
However, Singer’s previous X-Men films had a similar focus, though Wolverine got the most screen time, the events of the trilogy still centered around the friendship, and subsequent discordant philosophies, of Professor X and Magneto.
The source storyline for First Class, in the comics, was a bit less complicated, chronicling the early days of the Charles Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters. Given recent news that Vaughn will recast Cyclops and Jean Grey, as well as the growing sense that X-Men: First Class is a reboot of sorts, it would make sense to see the franchise shift its focus away from the main story arc featured in the original trilogy.
Goldman’s previous work is solid and there’s no doubt she’s a great addition to X-Men: First Class.
It’ll be interesting to see where the Vaughn/Goldman team decide to take the franchise. Though First Class is a prequel, I’m betting we’re looking at a film that will be distinct from the original trilogy. I’m not expecting a full reboot on the scale of Spider-Man but do think the filmmakers will take this opportunity to reset a number of plot elements – and give First Class an individual identity.
What direction would you like to see Goldman and Vaughn take X-Men: First Class?
X-Men: First Class opens June 3, 2011.