Last week we learned that Matthew Vaughn had stepped down as director of the X-Men: First Class sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past, with it said that possibly Bryan Singer was up for the job.
Now, Deadline reports that Fox Studios has closed the deal with Singer.
Vaughn doesn’t look to be totally out of the picture as it’s said that Vaughn will be on as producer, with that deal still waiting to go through.
With X-Men: Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer returns to directing the franchise that he helped establish. Singer directed the first two X-Men movies, which are felt by many to be the best of that bunch.
X-Men: Days of Future Past has a July 18, 2014 release with Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence set to return.
20th Century Fox Production President Emma Watts has had her contract renewed by Fox, and with that we get some news regarding both the X-Men: First Class sequel and the Fantastic Four reboot.
Matthew Vaughn is confirmed to direct the X-Men: First Class sequel, with Bryan Singer back onboard as producer, and, as we have previously heard, Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes, X-Men: Last Stand, Jumper) to write the script. First Class brought in over $350 million, and with mention of a sequel getting a go ahead by members of the cast, we were just waiting on an official announcement. Michael Fassbender has previously stated he has signed on for two options as well.
We also get some more news on the Fantastic Four reboot, specifically with mention again of Josh Trank, director on Chronicle. A couple weeks ago Trank’s name was said to be the frontrunner to helm a new FF movie, with it being stated that Fox was waiting to see how Chronicle fared. Following that, only two days ago Trankstated that he had no knowledge of being involved with a FF movie. Now, Trank’s name is mentioned yet again as being look at to direct Fantastic Four, as this time it is being said that Fox is “delighted” with the job that Trank did on Chronicle, that he is being “eyed for a bigger assignment, possibly Fantastic Four.”
The sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes also gets a brief mention in that Fox has made it a priority with Rupert Wyatt back to direct.
That’s the question Mark Millar poses during his Millarworld Editorial in the pages of Kick-Ass 2 #6. And with the lineup he’s bringing to Millarworld in 2012 — he damn well has a shot!
According to Mr. Millar, 2012 will see some HUGE books coming out, but we’ll have to wait a little bit to get them in our hands. Patience is a virtue after all, and it will be well worth it!
March is when we will see not only one new series come out of the Millarworld stable — but two! First will be Supercrooks, with art by fan favorite Leinil Francis Yu. Shipping almost simultaneously will be The Secret Service, drawn by comic legend — Dave Gibbons! This book was also co-conceived by the Kick-Ass film director, Matthew Vaughn! Then in April, we will finally see the long awaited Hit-Girl series, by Kick-Ass veteran artist John Romita Jr!
Around the end of summer, Millar will launch an as yet to be named book that he is calling, “a vast superhero epic, something as wide in scope as the Lord of the Rings, for a superhero audience!” Nothing can make that sound more exciting, unless you factor in that superstar artist Frank Quitely will be doing the art chores!
And finally in November, fans will get to see one of the most insane, brutal and disturbingly cunning books back on the shelves, as Steve McNiven draws the coolest killers around in the pages of — Nemesis 2!
All these artistic legends led by the crazy intelligence of one Mark Millar? Is there any doubt that the Big Two might actually have to look over their shoulder in 2012? And remember boys, the toys in the Millarworld aren’t as precious as yours! Anything goes, and it usually does, which is exactly what fans want! And I will be the first in line to get the most exciting and original books on the shelves today — Millarworld books!
If that wasn’t enough for you, you can travel across the pond and go to Millar’s own Kapow Comic Convention! Tickets are on sale now for this London based event that takes place on May 19th and 20th. Be sure to visit www.kapowcomicconvention.com for all the insane details!