If you only read the headline at Deadline that Fox reupped with Emma Watts to be its Production President through 2015, then you missed reading a laundry list of upcoming projects by the studio.
With Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy all contractually obligated to be in a sequel to the $350 million worldwide grosser, questions remained on who would be at the helm.
The Deadline piece noted that the studio had closed a deal for Matthew Vaughn to helm the sequel while Bryan Singer produces.
With the ball in Fox’s court the question now switches to when production will start. Jennifer Lawrence has The Hunger Games sequel (Catching Fire) and Michael Fassbender is spending his summer vacation working on Twelve Years a Slave.
I recall an interview Vaughn did saying he wanted the sequel to start with Magneto’s assassination of JFK. But with X-Men: The Last Stand scribe Simon Kinberg writing the script, who knows where the story will take us. Though, Vaughn as director that means we can expect a Jane Goldman re-write at some point. She has been Vaughn’s go-to screenwriting gal since Stardust.
The Pulse: While I’m definitely down for another X-Men installment from Matthew Vaughn, I want to know what you the reader thinks. Though First Class only scored $350 million worldwide, I think enough people enjoyed Vaughn’s period take on the superhero team to make Second Class a bigger success.