This summer, we saw a rare thing: 20th Century Fox making good genre pictures. The home of Star Wars, the last couple years have seen the studio releasing junk like The Day the Earth Stood Still and Wolverine. Films that were so worked over they satisfied few. This summer they made X-Men: First Class and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, both of which were good – and profitable. They seemed to have learned their lesson, as they’re bringing back Mathew Vaughn for another X-Men movie, according to Deadline.
Deadline also talks about their additional plans, which include rumors of Chronicle director Josh Trank helming the Fantastic Four reboot, and continuing to work with Rupert Wyatt, who resurrected the Apes franchise. But the most substantial thing is the First Class sequel, which is having a script prepared by Simon Kinberg (best known for the first Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith). It’s likely Vaughn and his writing partner Jane Goldman would also do a pass or two.
Vaughn may also be in the position Bryan Singer was with his sequel. In both cases their first passes at the X-Men universe were rushed into theaters, and could have done with a little more polish (both have noticeably unfinished effects work). And like X-Men 2, Vaughn here seems to have a greater opportunity to play. I can’t wait to see what they do with this world.
When is more Michael Fassbender a bad thing?