X-Men: First Class, The Wolverine and Deadpool updates

News Simon Brew
14 Apr 2011 - 07:01

Lots of X-Men news! There’s an X-Men: First Class sequel, a possible new director for The Wolverine, and the man bringing Deadpool to the big screen has been named…

It's been a surprisingly busy week in the world of the X-Men movies, with fresh information about three projects in the franchise arriving over the past days. So, let's deal with them in turn.

Firstly, chatter has started already about a sequel to X-Men: First Class. The first movie in this particular line is due on 3rd June, having been directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring James McAvoy and January Jones. It tells the tales of the formation and early years of Professor X's school, but the path is clearly being laid to explore more early stories once First Class is out of the door.

Nattering to Total Film, Vaughn has teased the idea of a follow-up, arguing, "I think it takes about five years for a decade to really start getting its identity, so the fun thing about this for me would be doing [a sequel] in the latter part of the decade, where you've got The Stones, The Beatles, flower power."

James McAvoy, who plays Charles Xavier, has been adding some thoughts to the mix, too. "In 'First Class' he uses Cerebro for the first time and maybe it unlocks something in his head - maybe he can't keep the voices out. So, in the second movie his journey could be about getting himself out of a mess. And then in the third movie he become[s]... Patrick Stewart."

Meanwhile, over at The Wolverine, the search for a new director continues. Darren Aronofsky's departure from the film has left a gap that Fox has, thus far, been unable to fill, and there was some suggestion that the project may slip off the radar. However, strong rumours suggest that Duncan Jones, the man behind the mighty Moon and Source Code, could be taking the job. We asked him, but he was utterly non-committal on the question. We do think that he'd be an exceptional choice, though, and could once more get us really, really interested in the film.

Finally, Deadpool. This has been the spin-off we'd feared wouldn't happen. The plan, since X-Men Origins: Wolverine, has been for Ryan Reynolds to take the lead in a Deadpool movie, but his commitment to Green Lantern, and several other projects, had put Deadpool in doubt. Plus, there's been a lack of director.

The latter part of the equation has been sorted now, though. Tim Miller will be directing the Deadpool movie, as written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland). Miller will be making his directorial debut with the film, having built up a strong pedigree in visual effects work. (He worked on the first two X-Men movies, and Scott Pilgrim Vs The World.) And with him in place, all it takes now is for Reynolds to 100% commit to the project. Over to you, Ryan...

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