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.