Jane Goldman Confirms Involvement with ‘X-Men: First Class 2′

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:48 pm,

Thanks in part to her previous collaborations with filmmaker Matthew Vaughn (especially Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class), screenwriter Jane Goldman has become an in-demand talent. However, due to her increasingly-hectic work schedule, there’s been some question as to whether or not Goldman would be lending a helping hand on the impending First Class sequel – which Vaughn is now officially set to direct.

Goldman was in attendance at the 2012 Empire Awards ceremony, where she confirmed that X-Men: First Class 2 (not the official title) is among the projects she’s developing with Vaughn. It’s probably safe to assume that means Goldman will also be directly contributing to the film’s script, in some capacity.

X-Men: First Class featured script contributions from Thor co-writing duo Ashley Miller and Zack Stenz, in addition to those by Vaughn and Goldman. However, primary screenwriting duties on the followup have been handed over to Simon Kinberg (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Sherlock Holmes), who will be expanding upon story ideas conceived by both Vaughn and (probably) X-Men franchise stalwart producer Bryan Singer.

That’s all to say: it’s definitely good to hear that Goldman is also lending a helping hand on X-Men: First Class 2, just given her impressive track record (Stardust, Kick-Ass, The Debt, The Woman in Black). Kinberg’s resume, by comparison, is much more hit-and-miss, thanks to his work on films like X-Men: The Last Stand and Jumper; his previously-announced involvement with the First Class sequel hasn’t inspired so much confidence, for that reason.

Perhaps the most encouraging aspect of the X-Men: First Class 2 pre-shooting process to date remains the more relaxed timeline, when compared to First Class‘ infamously rushed trip down the production pipeline – something that ultimately affected the quality of that film. Kudos to Vaughn and Co. for still turning out as solid a comic book movie as they did, in spite of the exterior forces and studio pressure working against them.

Such an increase in the time allotted for the creative process on the X-Men: First Class followup should allow Vaughn and Goldman, along with their peers, to better construct the next chapter in the saga of the young X-Men universe’s mutant players’ attempts to peacefully (or, in Magneto’s case, not-so-peacefully) co-exist with the rest of humanity. Here’s hoping the final result is all the better for it.

X-Men: First Class 2 is tentatively expected to reach theaters by Summer 2014.

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Source: HeyUGuys

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  1. With that hair of hers she can be her own superhero looking for adventures.

  2. This is great news.
    I haven’t seen Woman In Black yet but I’m a huge fan of Kick Ass and XMFC.
    So the reality of her and Vaughn together again for the sequel is another piece of good news.

  3. I’m a fan of Jane for two BIG reasons……her work on Kick-Ass and XFC of course ;)

    • I see what you did there. ;-)

  4. Cool. I loved XMFC (the only X-Men movie that I liked so far), so I’m really eager for the sequel.

    • Really?
      I can understand not caring for X3 and Wolverine but I’m surprised that you didn’t like the 1st or X2.
      For a while I considered the 2nd the best comic movie I’d seen. But I had never really read the comics so I wasn’t bothered bye the changes made. Is that why you don’t like them?
      Just curious…

      • For me even though I was super excited that I actually got to see a live action X-men movie (because I didn’t know if it would ever happen), X1 through X3 all felt like unfinished Wolverine movies and they just went in and throw a bunch of random X-men around him.

        XMFC could have gone down the same road as an unfinished Magneto Movie with a bunch of random X-men all around but the writing and execution was really good. I think they stepped it up with the level of actors too.

      • @Kevin7: it’s not that I think X1 or X2 were bad (X3 was bad though… really bad ;)), I just didn’t like them – the movies didn’t appeal to me.
        I guess the main thing is because they could have been so much better (and so much more loyal the source material).

        Same goes for the first Spider-man trilogy: Spidey 2 was a good movie, but none of those three movies appealed to me (mostly because it wasn’t Spider-Man — it was some whiney dude who kept crying throughout the films).

        • @ The Avenger
          Understandable. Like I said I wasn’t really into the X-Men before the films. But a friend of mine is and he can’t stand the way they changed so much of the story. So maybe I’d see them differently if I were in the same position.
          And oh god, I put Spiderman 3 in the same category as Schumacher’s Batman films. I’ve seen them each once and will never sit through them again.

      • X1 was kind of overrated and for the most part the whole series has been a long trip to get nowhere in particular. Some blame the focus being on Wolverine, but for me it just comes down to them never being able to devote enough time to 95% of the characters to make anyone care. They left too many blanks for comic book fans to fill with whatever they knew and then changed things without every really taking time to explain it.

        First Class just did the same thing by just focusing on Magneto and Xavier with Mystique being shoved to the front yet again, but ever her actions didn’t make much sense. The other characters in the movie were just there to be special effects and were pretty flat.

    • This is the only one i like as well. I like the concept and I was able to just enjoy it as a film adaption that was not cannon but was good enough to stand on its own.

  5. Take it or leave it. I actually hated Kick Ass and only thought X-Men First Class was ok…just ok. I really hope the sequel knocks our socks off though.

  6. OOOHHHH YEAH. bring in Beak,Glob Herman,Cyclop,Jean,Storm,Stacy-X,Stryker, and John Sublime,Sinister, and the Sentinels.

  7. Hope #2 First Class is better than #1 First Class. #1 was not very good at all. I did buy it, because after all it is X-Men, but I gotta say, “Here’s the wind-up; there’s the pitch, and a great big MEH hits the backstop!”

    • In YOUR opinion of course… ;)

  8. My only beef with XFC was that it was so contradictory to the rest of series, it should have been promoted as a reboot, but other than that, i thought it was good. Especially considering the rushed production schedule. I’m hoping that now that they have time on their side they can put it to good use, and really put together a good film.

  9. After this i hope they bring the original cast back together and do x-men 4 and 5 back to back and make a huge great story driven film, and then a few years later go back and bring macavoy, and that cast back together and do another sequel to first class, anyways cant wait to see where they go with this, just hope they use a strong story and tie up some things from film to film so thing make sense a bit.bring on the sentinels,beak,and cyclops.

  10. shes already shown she doesnt care about source material so Im luke warm to another X-men movie done by anyone other then Marvel. These people are so insistent on re writing the history of the X-men when its the fans who have kept this series running since it started. I just feel disrespect as a loyal fan…I have yet nor will I ever buy the DVDs..unless I get a solid X-men movie that keeps in line with the comics.

  11. I got a bad feeling this sequel is going to be the X-Men Origins: Magneto movie that NO ONE wanted to see made except the bean counters at FOX.

  12. GREETINGS TO ALL,

    I’VE BEEN A MARVEL FAN SINCE THE LATE 70′S, AS FAR AS MOVIES THE EXECUTIVES DON’T HAVE A CLUE ABOUT CONTNUITY (IF I SPELLED IT RIGHT). THEY TOTALLY SCREWED UP THE XMEN FRANCHISE. I THOUGHT THE XMEN WOULD BE BETTER THAN THE AVENGERS, BUT IT’S THE OTHER WAY AROUND, ALTHOUGH THE AVENGERS HAVE ISSUES ( CHANGE OF ACTORS—TERRANCE HOWARD AND ED NORTON NOT IN THE AVENGERS). THE XMEN HAVE NOT USED THE SENTINELS, BISHOP, APOCALYSPE AND A HOST OF OTHER CHARACTERS, GOOD LUCK WITH XMEN CLASS 2.

  13. They should scrap XFC2 and do a trilogy around Apocalypse. Angel founds Mutant Town with Cameron Hodge’s help. He gets betrayed by Hodge, loses his wings, En Sabah Nur “Archangels” him. X Men: Iceman (grown),X-23 (replaces Wolverine),Blink, Wanda, Quicksilver (maybe), Bishop (Mutant Towns’ cop),etal. Horsemen: Caliban, Rachel Summers (maybe), Sinister and Abyss! Mutant Towns destroyed. Here comes the AoA! Marvel and Hollywood: Read this and finally do right by your hardcore fans!

  14. And Cable of course!!!