Matthew Vaughn back in negotiations to direct X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
May 3rd, 2010

From the top – last Friday, it was widely reported that KICK-ASS director Matthew Vaughn was first in line to direct X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (the mutants’ version of an origin story), which was interesting because the helmer had once been attached to direct the previous X-MEN flick, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND. Then, he was out, and just about everyone was in, including the suddenly in-demand SNABBA CASH director, Daniel Espinosa.

But now, according to Deadline, Vaughn and Fox are back in business and ironing out the X-MEN deal as I type. Apparently, “both sides confirmed that the deal hit the rocks last Thursday,” which is a nice little bit of honesty in the world of Hollywood deal-making. Fox then went ahead with crafting the list of other possible directorial choices once it looked like Vaughn was out (that list included Espinosa). But it looks like Vaughn changed his mind over the weekend, and returned to possibly directing the project this morning.

Deadline also reports that, of that potential list Fox put together, “several were interviewed, but then others were cancelled after Vaughn came back into the picture.” Ouch.

I still think that Vaughn is an excellent choice for the job, and I look forward to seeing what he brings to the table. Over the weekend, all three X-MEN films were on constant rotation on FX, and it was interesting to see the shift between X-MEN and X2 versus the Brett Ratner-directed THE LAST STAND, which still strikes me as messy and incoherent.

What do you think? Vaughn for the job?

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