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Matthew ("Kick-Ass") Vaughn to direct "X-Men" prequel...

Postby J.M. Vargas » Tue May 04, 2010 6:10 pm

... with Bryan Singer back in the saddle as writer/producer.

LOS ANGELES (May 4, 2010) __ KICK-ASS director Matthew Vaughn will helm X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, a new chapter in Twentieth Century Fox's blockbuster series of films based on the Marvel Comics.

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS begins production this summer for a June 3, 2011 release. Bryan Singer, who conceived the story for FIRST CLASS and directed the original X-MEN and its sequel X2, is producing along with Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg.

"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."

Added Twentieth Century Fox president of production, Emma Watts: “X-MEN: FIRST CLASS presents an exciting opportunity to further explore the history and relationships of these beloved characters. Matthew's combination of talent, verve and vision is perfectly suited to the task.”

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. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-MEN.
Source: http://www.deadline.com/2010/05/fox-seals-deal-for-matthew-vaughn-to-direct-x-men-first-class/#more-38098

Can we start getting catiously optimistic or is the Singer touch permanently damaged from the "Superman Returns" experiment? Vaughn is beloved by comic book nerds now because of "Kick-Ass" (bad box office numbers notwithstanding) but if he can bring his "Stardust" touch to this project it should be eleven kinds of awesome. June of '11 is cutting it way too close though; either it will get pushed to Thanksgiving/Christmas or be a "Wolverine"-type rush job, and we know how well that turned out. :?
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Re: Matthew ("Kick-Ass") Vaughn to direct "X-Men" prequel...

Postby HGervais » Tue May 04, 2010 9:22 pm

I'm sitting here gob-smacked because if there are two people who were f--- over by Fox Chairman Tom Rothman in the past couple of years it was Bryan Singer & Mathew Vaughan. I think a reboot of the X franchise is a needless thing, although it was left in such a state of disrepair following X3 I can kind of understand why they would think about it but the comic franchise has so many great characters just waiting to be used that it seems a shame to look backwards. Let's see if it happens but at this point Vaughan is batting three for three and I will follow him where ever he wants to go.
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Postby Selk » Tue May 04, 2010 9:26 pm

Matthew Vaughn directed one movie that I liked. It was called Layer Cake, about a cocaine dealer who thinks that he can stay out of trouble is he just pays his bills and stays under the radar, but he's working in a world that doesn't reward that. It was one of Daniel Craig's best performances, it was just before he played Bond in Casino Royale.
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Postby HGervais » Tue May 04, 2010 9:33 pm

Vaughan was supposed to direct Casino Royale and he was the one who cast Daniel Craig as 007 and he was supposed to direct the third X-Men movie and he is the one who cast Kelsey Grammner as Hank McCoy. Layer Cake is indeed awesome and Stardust is the best fairy tale movie made since Princess Bride.
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Postby Selk » Wed May 05, 2010 2:54 am

Stardust is the best fairy tale movie made since Princess Bride.


I didn't like Stardust. To me, it felt very manufactured. It felt more like a product than a movie.
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Re: Matthew ("Kick-Ass") Vaughn to direct "X-Men" prequel...

Postby HGervais » Wed May 05, 2010 7:03 am

Selk wrote:
Stardust is the best fairy tale movie made since Princess Bride.


I didn't like Stardust. To me, it felt very manufactured. It felt more like a product than a movie.

Really? Really? A movie with a quirky vibe that found humor in the oddest places that was also sweetly romanatic felt manufactured you? Really? Whatever.
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Postby Gabriel Girard » Wed May 05, 2010 7:09 am

HGervais wrote:
Selk wrote:
Stardust is the best fairy tale movie made since Princess Bride.


I didn't like Stardust. To me, it felt very manufactured. It felt more like a product than a movie.

Really? Really? A movie with a quirky vibe that found humor in the oddest places that was also sweetly romanatic felt manufactured you? Really? Whatever.


Yeah Neil Gaiman is like the antethesis of manufactured. Have you seen Coraline?
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Re: Matthew ("Kick-Ass") Vaughn to direct "X-Men" prequel...

Postby Mitchell Hattaway » Wed May 05, 2010 7:31 am

Gabriel Girard wrote:
HGervais wrote:
Selk wrote:
Stardust is the best fairy tale movie made since Princess Bride.


I didn't like Stardust. To me, it felt very manufactured. It felt more like a product than a movie.

Really? Really? A movie with a quirky vibe that found humor in the oddest places that was also sweetly romanatic felt manufactured you? Really? Whatever.


Yeah Neil Gaiman is like the antethesis of manufactured. Have you seen Coraline?

But Coraline had much stronger source material; aside from Charles Vess's illustrations, the Stardust comic is a bust. Coraline also didn't have a horrible performance from Claire Danes. Or De Niro auditioning for a Birdcage sequel. Or a muddled script. Or a complete lack of energy.
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Postby Selk » Wed May 05, 2010 8:34 am

But Coraline had much stronger source material; aside from Charles Vess's illustrations, the Stardust comic is a bust. Coraline also didn't have a horrible performance from Claire Danes. Or De Niro auditioning for a Birdcage sequel. Or a muddled script. Or a complete lack of energy.


Coraline wasn't terrible but I wouldn't show it to a kid under, probably, 8 years old. The movie was a little unsettling, probably because I was expecting a movie aimed at children. I enjoyed it, it was a good fairy tale, the kind I grew up with.

I have a step-daughter who is 6, and anything she wants to see, I watch first. I won't let her see this one for a little while.
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Postby Steve T Power » Wed May 05, 2010 9:05 am

Another x-men film???

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Postby Selk » Wed May 05, 2010 9:48 am

That was pretty much my reaction when I found out that they are remaking Poltergeist.
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Postby Dan Mancini » Wed May 05, 2010 10:04 am

Steve T Power wrote:Another x-men film???

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Exactly. Call me when they decide to make an R-rated X-Men flick with a new (and much harder edged) actor playing Wolverine. Until then...*snore*
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Postby Selk » Wed May 05, 2010 12:53 pm

Exactly. Call me when they decide to make an R-rated X-Men flick with a new (and much harder edged) actor playing Wolverine. Until then...*snore*


In a way, that's kind of how I felt about Watchmen and Nolan's Batman pictures. I never felt like I was watching a movie aimed an a 10 year-old.
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Re: Matthew ("Kick-Ass") Vaughn to direct "X-Men" prequel...

Postby J.M. Vargas » Thu May 27, 2010 11:31 pm

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Postby the5thghostbuster » Fri May 28, 2010 4:22 pm

J.M. Vargas wrote:James McAvoy cast as young Charles Xavier: http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/05/james_mcavoy_to_play_a_young_p.html.


David Tennant for Magneto now dang it!
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Postby J.M. Vargas » Fri Jun 18, 2010 5:00 am

Michael Fassbender ("Hunger," "Inglorious Basterds," etc.) offered role of Magneto: http://www.deadline.com/2010/06/fox-starts-negotiations-with-michael-fassbender-for-magneto-but-another-super-villain-turn-looms/. Aaron Johnson, Andrew Garfield, Jack Huston and Eddie Redmayne are also in the running in case Fassbender turns down the role.
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Postby HGervais » Fri Jun 18, 2010 9:09 am

the5thghostbuster wrote:David Tennant for Magneto now dang it!

Tennant starts shooting the remake of Fright Night in a couple of weeks.
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HGervais wrote:
the5thghostbuster wrote:David Tennant for Magneto now dang it!

Tennant starts shooting the remake of Fright Night in a couple of weeks.


True, though the date of my post came shortly before the announcement.
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Re: Matthew ("Kick-Ass") Vaughn to direct "X-Men" prequel...

Postby yellow ledbetter » Sat Jun 19, 2010 12:32 pm

I like Vaughn, I really do, but I'm so done with X-Men movies, I'll probably skip this one. I don't feel like a cash grabbing prequel that will probably have a script as good as Wolverine's (insert shudder) is really worth his time. How I feel about X-Men is that the first one was solid entertainment, the 2nd one was an above average sequel with good acting, the 3rd one was kind of a waste of time with little redeeming value and the Wolverine prequel was a complete piece of crap that was capable of being a lot better then it was. Then again I think comic book movies are pretty close to running their course and that they've pretty much been taken in every direction they can possibly go.
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Re: Matthew ("Kick-Ass") Vaughn to direct "X-Men" prequel...

Postby J.M. Vargas » Fri Jul 09, 2010 3:01 pm

Casting is in full swing now. Kevin Bacon to (potentially) play the villain for "X-Men: First Class":http://www.deadline.com/2010/07/kevin-bacon-in-talks-for-x-men-first-class-baddie/#more-52876. Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Caleb Landry Jones (Banshee), and Lucas Till (Havoc) are also confirmed.
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Postby HGervais » Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:29 pm

Do we really need the same post in two different threads?
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Re: Matthew ("Kick-Ass") Vaughn to direct "X-Men" prequel...

Postby ramkumar » Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:21 am

X-Men : First Class takes us to the Marvel Comics. Matthew Vaughn direction is great, I like the visuals of the movie!
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