Last week we learned that Kick-AssMatthew Vaughn was up to direct the comic spin-off, X-Men: First Class. Initially 20th Century Fox and the director were said to be in “talks” but now his involvement has been confirmed and a release date has been set for the film. Vaughn and previous X-Men helmer Bryan Singer will join forces to bring some respectability back to the series.

In an official press release sent out by the studio, they confirmed that First Class will begin production this summer and the film will be released on June 3, 2011. That’s right, the movie has been fast tracked for next year! Films that move at this speed usually turn out to be steaming piles of crap and this franchise doesn’t need another one of those (Wolverine, X3: The Last Stand).

If the film sticks to the original premise, the story will center on the early years at the Xavier Institute as well as the former friendship of its founders Professor Xavier and Magneto. The First Class roster  (from the comic) consists of Jean Grey (Marvel Girl), Scott Summers (Cyclops), Hank McCoy (Beast), Warren Worthington III (Angel), and Robert Drake (Iceman).

We can understand the studio wanting to shy away from the 2012 summer season because that’s when Batman 3, The Avengers, and the new Spider-Man are all set to debut but 2011 isn’t much better. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Mission Impossible 4, Kung Fu Panda 2, The Hangover 2, and The Green Lantern are all set to open around the same time as First Class.

If Vaughn and Singer can nail down a good cast and a GREAT script the film might deliver but we’re a bit skeptical.

Do you think First Class will revive the X-Men franchise?

Source: LA Times