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X-Men: First Class Sequel Writer Hired

Simon Kinberg scripting out sequel to X-Men: First Class.

By Jarrod Sarafin     November 04, 2011
Source: SuperHeroHype

The official teaser poster for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
© 20th Century Fox

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.

Thanks to Chopsaki for the submission.


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Hobbs 11/4/2011 7:48:07 AM

I liked the movie but just like the comic I never cared much for the X-Men minus Wolverine even though they did have some cool characters like Storm and Nightcrawler.

Wiseguy 11/4/2011 7:55:12 AM

I don't think I will ever be fully on board til they do the X-Men properly in my eyes which means at the very least rebooting and starting out with the actual team the way depicted in the comics.

As far as the story, not really digging it but too early and too vague a description to opine. But they would go a long way in winning me over some if they stuck to more iconic X tales like Broodfall, Mutant Genesis, Age of Apocalypse, Shi'ar and introduce the Starjammers and the Imperial Guard. To see Gladiator's badass would be all sorts of awesome.

But it seems to me that they are afraid of going all out fantasy and want to keep the franchise grounded in some reality (getting sick of this when it comes to comic book films).

Hobbs I get that a lot of folk feel like that. Too bad I loved the X-Men before Wolverine and even with him but I loved him more when he was part of the team and everything wasn't so Wolverine-centric. I have been suffering from Wolverine fatigue for years now, still love the character but having him in so many books and being all things to everyone, leader, mentor, loner, teammate, teacher, rebel. He was a nasty little guy with an attitude that has been watered down too much

millean 11/4/2011 8:03:13 AM

Yeah, we've had so much Wolverine shoved down our throats, it was nice to have an X-film with him not around.  I really loved the atmosphere of First Class, and as long as they can continue with that, I'll be happy.  I would like a faithful reboot as Wise suggested, but let's face it.  That ain't happening anytime soon, so I'll take what I can get.

And does anybody else buy that they will only introduce one more new character?  I don't.

monkeyfoot 11/4/2011 8:15:20 AM

I hope Vaughn comes back. First Class is the best X-men movie of the entire Fox run on them. And for me , one of the best superhero movie period. One of the things I liked about it was that unlike most of the other superhero/comic book films that appeal to the 12 year old in all of us (which is perfectly fine), Vaughn's movie was more mature. It's plot and execution was a superhero movie for the adult.

violator14 11/4/2011 8:34:00 AM

uh oh, here we go again opening this can of worms. I'm with Wiseguy. I liked the Xmen 1st class movie, i knew i'd like it, but i dont think i will ever "love" it or anything else that follows. That's just how it is for us true Xmen fans! 

but ya, a proper nemesis for Magneto???.... hmmm....is there a "Rust-Man" ??

Wiseguy 11/4/2011 9:10:17 AM

monkeyfoot, adults are lame :)

Lsn22s 11/4/2011 9:44:12 AM

Yep, cosign Wiseguy....proper reboot is absolutely the way to go! Until then, I'll enjoy what i can in these X-films and keep hoping...I always wanted to see the classic X-Men villains done RIGHT...Sebastian Shaw was pretty cool, but I want PROPER Sentinels, Sabretooth, Mr. Sinister, Apocalypse, Juggernaut, Nimrod, Legion etc....any one of those done RIGHT (X3 Juggernaut was such a FAIL) would be crazy on-screen. Or any story involving Cable/Stryfe and time-travel would be cool too! 

Couple thoughts on a good nemesis for Magneto in the new flick...

Mimic - They can go with two versions, either Mimic with the whole First Class's set of powers, or Mimic with a rotating set of powers based on who he's fighting at the given time.

Exodus - He's a telepath, also has telekinesis and the ability to DRAIN LIFE FORCE...was once Magneto's head Acolyte until he turned on him (how perfect does that sound? Magneto could start the Acolytes before the brotherhood in this film continity. This is my pick!)

Legion - Can manipulate reality for f*cks sake. Xavier's estranged son comes out of hiding (or something like that) as a mentally unstable and dangerously powerful mutant. Commence epic throwdown...Voila!

monkeyfoot 11/4/2011 9:47:24 AM

monkeyfoot, adults are lame :)

LOL, there's alot of truth in that one!

BunyonSnipe 11/4/2011 9:59:11 AM

Well said Wise!

The first X-Men movie was basically Wolverine & The X-Men, when  he shouldn't even have been in it, it should have been the core team of Cyclops, Iceman, Angel, Beast and Marvel Girl under Professor X's mentorship...

And I am a shameless lifelong Wolverine fan!


violator14 11/4/2011 10:11:51 AM

Lsns- Now that u mention it, when Kinberg talks about a proper villain for Magneto, he might actually mean Sentinels!! Magneto going toe to toe with Sentinels would be bad ass on screen. Well it wouldn't really be a very good adversary for Magneto, but it would still be bad ass. Plus it makes sense to the follow up story of part 1 where the humans turned on them and decide to hunt them down.

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