X-Men: First Class coming next year


5th May 2010

X-Men: First Class has a new director, release date and synopsis all in place. That's three news items in the space of just one article. We're like the Budgens of movie blogging.

It has been confirmed that director Matthew Vaughn is taking the reins on this X-Men prequel, which will re-imagine the future mutant heroes as kids mentored by a young Charles Xavier. Vaughn is a great choice considering the slick action set-pieces in his more recent comic-book film, Kick-Ass. Plus, he might get a 12-year-old Storm to call Cyclops a cunt.

More surprising, however, is the news that 20th Century Fox have set a release date for June 2011. That gives Vaughn just over a year for pre-production, casting, shooting and the post-production colouring of all those pretty CGI powers. Jesus, I hope the cajillion dollar pay-cheque is worth it.

There is, at least, a starting block - the story has bones:

"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 arch-enemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known."
Greatest threat the world has ever known? Isn't that how The Daily Mail described Kick-Ass?

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