Joining the elite three-time (Stardust, KICK-ASS) club for comic book movie directors, Matthew Vaughn has signed on to direct X-Men: First Class after a lot of back and forth. Bryan Singer was originally on board to direct but he pulled out due to scheduling — the helmer of the first two X-flicks will stay aboard as producer. Vaughn had been rumored for a while — he was originally scheduled to direct the third X-Men movie before pulling out at the last moment himself, leaving Brett Ratner to have his way with the franchise.
What’s most unusual about the move is the haste with which it’s been put together — Fox has slated the release as June 3, 2011, and filming is set to begin in a few short months.
The story line will involve younger, cheaper stars playing younger, more youthful X-Men.