Compared to some of the other films released in the Summer, X-Men: First Class did poorly. While the numbers were okay, the possibilities for a sequel didn’t look strong. It grossed about $146 million domestically off of a $160 million budget, which on first glance my seem bad. However, it grossed an additional $206 million overseas, and has seemed to done pretty great in DVD sales. So, despite being the least grossing X-Men movie (but one of the most critically successful), Fox seems to be moving in on at least developing a sequel to the film.
Superhero Hype broke the news, although Fox has yet to confirm the news. But, according to them, the writer of X-Men: The Last Stand and producer for the original First Class Simon Kinberg has been tapped to write the script. Other than The Last Stand, Kinberg’s other credits include writing on the upcoming This Means War and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. As of yet, there has been no plot details given, although First Class director Matthew Vaughn had a pitch for the first scene (which, for the record, I think is awesome):
“I thought it would be fun to open with the Kennedy assassination, and we reveal that the magic bullet was controlled by Magneto. That would explain the physics of it, and we see that he’s pissed off because Kennedy took all the credit for saving the world and mutants weren’t even mentioned.”
Sadly, Vaughn has yet to sign on for the sequel. It seems like he thought about it but honestly, I’m not sure if he would return. Apparently his experiences with First Class weren’t great (Vaughn wasn’t used to being controlled by a studio, let alone Fox). Still, it delivered a pretty great movie.
Don’t get me wrong; I hope he does return, especially considering who they chose to write the script (seriously, this guy?). The Last Stand was a disaster, and I don’t see why you would possibly want him back to do it again. I guess that producer credit gets him pretty far. In all honesty, I won’t be surprised if, a year or so from now, Fox hires someone else to rewrite the script (ala The Wolverine).
The entire cast from the original are contractually obligated to return, so at least there’s that. Do you still think there’s hope in a First Class 2 even if Kinberg is behind the script?