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'X-Men: The Last Stand' Writer Simon Kinberg Hired To Write 'X-Men: First Class' Sequel

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 3, 2011 11:46 AM
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Just to show that studio thinking is not really ever easily understood, this summer's "X-Men: First Class" was not only one of the better superhero movies of the summer, it also was a big relief to fans who saw the franchise on the verge of collapsing after Fox fumbled with both "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," widely regarded as two of the worst entries in the series. But Matthew Vaughn, along with a crack cast led by Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, delivered a clever, involving, and gritty origin story reboot of sorts with 'First Class.' One that took the superheroes back to their '60s beginnings, and pitted them against a real life threat, giving the movie the kind of raised stakes realness, that none of the other movies could claim to have. So you would think that it would just be a no brainer to bring back the same creative team as the first film to ensure a repeat success for the sequel, but it isn't that easy.

As you might remember, there was a rather protracted battle over the screen credits for the writers on 'First Class.' While Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are credited with the screenplay, Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman also had a serious hand it in as well. And these folks only worked on the script at later stages, as it went through a few other hands before it reached them. So while it might be disheartening to read SuperHeroHype's report that "X-Men: The Last Stand" writer Simon Kinberg has been hired to write the the second installment of the new series, just remember, Fox likes to throw a shitload of people at one script/project, so he'll probably just be the first of a handful of people that pull this together.

Sequel talk has always been in the works -- this is a franchise after all -- with a variety of settings ('70s and '80s) being tossed around, and even one elaborate posit that the next movie would involve JFK's assassination. But considering no one who wrote or directed 'First Class' is involved at this point, all bets are pretty much off. Director Matthew Vaughn, who had to struggle with a ridiculously tight schedule that left him wondering who his crew was, has already moved on and is looking at a couple Mark Millar adaptations for his next effort.

Pretty much everyone in 'First Class' is likely contracted to come back (except the people who got killed off, obvs) so it's not a matter of if this is going to happen, just when. No director set yet but it's all early days and lots of time for that decision to be made. So yeah, no need to freak out yet nerds, as Kinberg is likely just the first of a long line people who are going to take a stab at this. But in terms of easing fanboy worries, Fox couldn't have made a worse choice.

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5 Comments

  • FF | November 4, 2011 10:30 AMReply

    However, Kinberg was a producer on X-Men: First Class, so he was involved to some degree.

  • PapushiSun | November 4, 2011 7:09 AMReply

    Agreed, padre. Mark Millar is a 3rd rate hack. Vaughan can do better.

  • padre | November 3, 2011 12:22 PMReply

    Matthew Vaughn, why are you futzing about with this D-list superhero bullshit? I find it hard to believe that studios won't hire him to direct some of their real movies. I could get it if it was some primo property like Nolan's Batman or Spider-Man. But Vaughn is caught up in this Millar crap that no one has ever heard of, or gives a shit about. He has like a hundred readers max and Vaughn wants to waste himself ,and years of his life, making a movie to appeal to that tiny number of fanboys?

    Now I love action movies, so I would never disparage directors wanting to work in any corner of this genre. But this D-list Millar crap is just LOW RENT. At least aim higher for Terminator or James Bond or even Fast Five, for god's sake.

  • Glass | November 3, 2011 12:04 PMReply

    I am NOT looking forward to the 2040s when movies start working 9/11 into their weak "alternate sci-fi history" blockbusters.

    But by the 2040s, we won't watch movies, we'll experience them through a mind-projection system that will plug in through your mouth and anus, and will rotate you like a rotisserie. This is my vision for future storytelling.

  • carrie | November 3, 2011 12:01 PMReply

    i still think XMen First Class is overrated (only watchable because of the bromance between Fassbender and McAvoy) but the story was 10 times more interesting than X Men Last Stand

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