Matthew Vaughn has signed on to direct a sequel to X-Men: First Class. According to Deadline, Simon Kinberg (X-Men: The Last Stand) will write the script and Bryan Singer will return to produce. X-Men: First Class was terrific and I’m glad that Vaughn will return for the sequel. I’m also excited to see what he’ll do with (hopefully) a bigger budget and more production time. It’s a little surprising that Vaughn’s frequent collaborator Jane Goldman hasn’t signed on to pen the screenplay, but it’s possible that she’ll come on board later in the process.
Now we can let the speculation begin about what the sequel holds in store. Vaughn said in May that he would like the second movie would open with the JFK assassination and Magneto controlling the “magic bullet”. Indulging conspiracy theorists aside, I’m curious to see which new mutants will the fray. If the movie is set in 1963, it’s probably too early to see Cyclops and Jean Grey kicking around Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.