It’s no surprise that Fox is keen on the idea of making a sequel to last year’s X-Men: First Class – after all, the film has made over $350 million in worldwide box office to date. What wasn’t known was whether or not producer Bryan Singer and director Matthew Vaughn would return for a follow up.
It turns out that both men will be back for the sequel, according to Deadline.
“Fox has just closed a deal with Matthew Vaughn to come back and direct the sequel to X-Men: First Class, with Simon Kinberg writing the script and Bryan Singer back as producer.” Hard to get more direct than that.
News of Singer’s return isn’t surprising given he’s been linked with the X-Men franchise from the start, and the cast was expected back since they signed multi-film deals, but Vaughn was a question mark prior to today’s revelation. The film ran behind schedule during shooting, leading some to wonder if the production was in trouble. Vaughn didn’t exactly allay those fears when he told the LA Times “I'm at that stage where I feel like a boxer against the ropes. I'm just throwing punches and taking them as they come and making sure I don't hit the canvas." Apparently a good rest and a boatload of money makes it all worthwhile.
Plot details are scarce at this point, but with Singer and Vaughn back, we’re certainly excited to see more of the X-Men: First Class franchise. The only downside here? It seems unlikely that Vaughn will make a sequel to Kick-Ass anytime soon. That’s disappointing, but it’s a trade we’re willing to make.