While we have yet to hear about whether director Matthew Vaughn will be returning for another X-Men: First Class adventure, SuperHeroHype is reporting that the development for a sequel itself is moving forward. 20th Century Fox has reportedly brought in writer-producer Simon Kinberg to script out a follow-up to this summer's prequel. Kinberg has some experience in the studio's X-Men franchise after producing the first installment and co-writing the third film, X-Men: Last Stand. He has also recently scripted out Sherlock Holmes, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and This Means War.
It's too early to know which story that Kinberg will be taking from the comics for this next installment but if Vaughn does indeed come back for the director's chair, we have some hints from his press tour before the first struck hit theaters over the summer. In interviews with Collider and MovieWeb, he hinted to the following thoughts for a possible sequel.
“I thought it would be fun to open with the Kennedy Assassination, and we reveal that the magic bullet was controlled by Magneto.”
“We will only have one more new character. I won’t say who he…I won’t say who he or she is! But we will only be bringing one more new character in. Because, I think, as Professor X is in a wheelchair, Magneto needs to have a nemesis he can fight with. Someone that will be his equal. I know who it is. It would be nice if I could say something, but I can’t, mate!”
As reported above, the previous story hints go out the door if the studio moves forward without Vaughn. The recent prequel opened up in theaters on June 3rd, pulling in $55.1 million over its first weekend. Produced on a budget of $160 million, the film found $352.6 million worldwide.