Wednesday, 5 May 2010

X-Men: First Class Director, Release Date and Plot Revealed |

X-Men: First Class Director, Release Date and Plot Revealed |

Since "Kick-Ass" director Matthew Vaughn previously declined to helm 20th Century Fox's "X-Men: The Last Stand," it was assumed that he was also going to decline the chance to helm "X-Men: First Class." It turned out that he did, but as soon as Fox started having talks with other directors, Vaughn reconsidered and returned to negotiate a deal.

The studio is now happy to announced that Vaughn has been signed to direct "First Class" and that the new movie will hit theaters on June 13th, 2011 (less than thirteen months from now). In addition, Fox has also unveiled the official plot synopsis for the film.

Plot: "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: 20th Century Fox

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Pick Your Cameo: 'X-Men: First Class', or 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2' | CinemaSpy

Pick Your Cameo: 'X-Men: First Class', or 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2' | CinemaSpy

As part of a recently-announced charity auction, one lucky winner will have their choice of a walk-on cameo in either X-Men: First Class, or X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2. The auction, which benefits Worldwide Orphans, is being managed by Charitybuzz, and the text at their site suggests Wolverine is the more likely option.

"Although cast info has not yet been announced, the next 'X-Men' film will likely find the series' previous stars returning for more action packed thrills," states the release. "This once-in-a-lifetime experience will also give the winner a chance to meet some of the actors who may be on set that day."

One thing to bear in mind: the Wolverine sequel starring Hugh Jackman looks to be further along in the production process than First Class, and the press release does say filming is anticipated to begin in 2011.

Either way, whoever submits the winning bid on April 1 will have helped children in need, and that’s more important than any movie role (unless it’s Batman, of course).

‘Kick-Ass’ director in negotiations to helm ‘X-Men: First Class’

‘Kick-Ass’ director in negotiations to helm ‘X-Men: First Class’

As anticipated, Kick-Ass Director Matthew Vaughn is in negotiations to direct X-Men: First Class for Twentieth Century Fox. Vaughn had received an offer last week but creative control concerns stymied the progress of the deal. Over the weekend, however, those issues were resolved and talks resumed for Vaughn to helm the movie, which tells the story of Cyclops, Jean Grey, and the other X-Men in their younger years, played by younger actors (no word yet on whether Hugh Jackman would reprise his role as Wolverine since his character doesn’t age as the others do). The script comes from Jamie Moss based on Bryan Singer’s treatment.

The deal is surprising because Vaughn turned down directing X-Men: The Last Stand back in 2005 after he had negotiated a pact with the studio. Fox later hired Brett Ratner to helm the most successful of all X-Men films while Vaughn went on to direct the disappointing Stardust for Paramount and, just three weeks ago, released the fanboy favorite Kick-Ass.