Matthew Vaughn, director and producer of the upcoming rated-R comic book adaptation, Kick-Ass, really wants to helm Marvel Studio's The Avengers movie.
Vaughn, if you remember, was director of X-Men: The Last Stand… for a short while anyway. After he took over for Bryan Singer, he quickly left which opened to door for Brett Ratner to direct the project which in my mind, is the absolute worst of the four X-Men movies.
Looking forward instead of back though, Vaughn now has directed three feature films: Layer Cake, Stardust and now Kick-Ass (which quickly earned itself an American distributor after premiering footage at San Diego Comic-Con.) Now, he wants to do another superhero flick...
In speaking with MTV, he revealed the following desires of his:
"[I'd] love to do 'The Avengers,' and Superman... I think it would be great to reinvent Superman."
Vaughn was attached to direct the Thor solo movie before his contract expired and Branagh was hired to helm the project. The script he and partner Mark Protosevich had written was apparently loved by Marvel Studios but it demanded an insanely high budget that he needed to cut in half (apparently from $300 Million to $150 million).
As for Superman, the current rumor out there is that James McTeigue may direct with the Wachowski Bros. supporting as producers.
On that note, Vaughn also spoke about another Marvel project that he wanted to direct a few years back.
"I was desperate to do 'Iron Man' about 8 years ago, and everyone was like, 'Iron Man, no one will go watch that,'... Cut to now, and it's a huge hit."
"I grew up watching superhero films, so I want to make superhero films,"
I admire his passion for the genre and I’m willing to give him control over one of the major Marvel feature films in development. At least that would give him his chance to finally direct the Thor character and hit on his dream of directing Iron Man.
Would you light Vaughn to direct the Superman reboot or The Avengers?
The Avengers is currently scheduled to open May 4, 2012.