"20th Century Fox has officially announced that director Matthew Vaughn will helm the X-Men series prequel/reboot X-Men: First Class. When it was reported that they were fast-tracking this project into production, they weren’t kidding. The film is set to go into production this Summer, and the studio has set a June 3rd 2011 release date. We also have a look at the tenative plot synopsis:
X-Men: First Class, following the classic Marvel mythology, charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known."
Here's what original director Bryan Singer had to say,
"'I’ve been a fan of Matthew’s since Layer Cake,' said Singer. “He has a deft hand with multiple characters and storylines, and a great love of the X-Men universe. I feel the combination of this story and his vision will make for an exciting and original X-Men film.'"
Interestingly, Vaughn was one of the front-runners to direct X3: The Last Stand before Brett Ratner was hired. Then he tried to get onboard Thor and lost to Kenneth Branagh. But now, he's a part of a more violent superhero saga (one involving green-and-yellow-tights and a swearing little girl).