In 2004 Bryan Singer decided to direct Superman Returns instead of X-Men 3. 20th Century Fox then hired Matthew Vaughn to replace him, although 6 weeks before filming Vaughn left the project because he didn’t think he could create the movie he wanted with the time and creative restrictions 20th Century Fox had in place.
Cut to 2010. Bryan Singer signed up to direct X-Men: First Class, however 20th Century Fox asked him to produce instead as they didn’t want to wait until 2012 to start while be directs Jack the Giant Killer. That left First Class needing a director, and it seems Fox still had Matthew Vaughn’s number…
Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn is in talks to direct X-Men: First Class for Twentieth Century Fox.
Of course, considering Vaughn’s history with the X-Men franchise, he could very well turn down the First Class offer, as well (sources say the studio is also speaking with other possible directors). Should a deal come together, however, Vaughn would be helming an origin story of the X-Men crew, one that tells the story of Cyclops, Jean Grey, and the other X-Men in their younger years.
I really hope this works out. Kick-Ass is my favourite movie of the year (so far), and that was Vaughn with a $28 million budget. It could be Kick-Ass that prevents him from signing on, however. He has said in a few interviews that he loved the creative freedom making the film without a studio gave him. 20th Century Fox are known for they ‘creative input’ shall we say, and he may not want them telling him what to film.
Bryan Singer and Jamie Moss have worked on the script and story, which Fox apparently loves, so if Vaughn signs on he may want to make a few changes here and there.
What do you think about Vaughn possibly directing X-Men: First Class? More importantly, what do you think about Chloe Moretz (Hit Girl) possibly playing a young Jean Grey?