X-Men: First Class Recruits ‘Kick-Ass’ Writer

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:10 pm,

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.

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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.

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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.

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  1. I’m inclined to think it’ll become an unofficial reboot. I don’t think Vaughn and Goldman would’ve signed on if Fox hadn’t given them the reassurance of greater creative freedom.

    • I have zero hope in it (being a reboot, that is)

  2. Creative freedom, an astounding paycheck, and FOX on their hands and scuffed up knees with their mouths open begging Vaughn to helm the project.

  3. I am curious to see how this story evolves .
    Cautiously optimistic at this point.

  4. I think the director should get the writers from the first three movies. I read jane goldman did a great job writing kick-ass. I read mostly positive things about the movie. I don’t think she has the skills for x-men: first class. I hope bryan singer directs the movie. All they have to do is get a few writers from any of the first three x-men movies, and the story will be great. Jane has the success of writing kick-ass, but that doesn’t create enough skills for this kind of movie at all. Don’t let her write anything for x-man: first class. Unless you want the movie to turn out like x-men origin: wolverine. I liked x-men origins: wolverine, but it wasn’t half as great as the first the x-men films.

  5. Now that they got Jane Goldman on board to write the script once again for Matthew Vaughn, I’m starting to get scared that this film may actually be good. . . Still hoping for a flop so Marvel could get the rights back. Seemed like that was likely to happen before this news came. Fox must be very, very desperate to actually give their director and writers creative freedom! lol smh

  6. Well let’s hope it’s not as crude as Kick-Ass..I am sure it won’t be because there is no way it will be an R-rated X film…hmmm.. nevermind…

  7. man, you see other pics of Vaughn with sunglasses and a cap and it loosk like a different person..

  8. Vaughn’s Kick Ass is raunchy because it’s based on the material from the 8 issues of the book, not because they wanted to go over the top(altho they did change quite a bit of the scenes.)Fox is hoping to get kids in the seats, which is why they are doing this “young Xmen.”
    They hope to have another franchise again.
    Offtopic, Vaughn’s Layer Cake was an awesome film.

  9. Fox Studios – Bryan Singer – Pseudo X-Men First Class – YAWN – A Cure For Insomnia – Matthew Vaughn -Jane Goldman – mmmmmm – Maybe – Maybe Not.

  10. Jane Goldman should play Red Sonja….

  11. I hope creative differences cause Vaughn’s deal with Fox to fall through, and then they replace him with a talentless hack. It’s the only way I can think of that Marvel might regain the X-Men film rights anytime during the next decade.