“Kick-Ass” director Vaughn contender for “X-Men:First Class”

By Staff

Fox’s “X-Men: First Class” is about to get a little Kick-ass.

Director Matthew Vaughn of the Lionsgate fanboy film is in negotiations to direct the comic book reboot.

“X-Men: First Class” centers on an origin story of the mutant heroes, with a look at Cyclops, Jean Gray among others in their younger years.

According to Entertainment Weekly, it’s odd move for Vaughn as he turned down directing “X-Men: The Last Stand” in 2005. Instead, Vaughn took a crack at the offbeat PG-13 film “Stardust.”

“Kick-Ass,” distributed by Lionsgate, has fizzled at the domestic box office with $37.7 million in the wake of its huge marketing hype, both marketing and media wise.

“First Class” is based on Jamie Moss’ script from a treatment by Bryan Singer, the original “X-Men” director. Fox wanted Signer at the helm again, however, he’s busy with Warner Bros. “Jack the Giant Killer.”

There is no word whether Hugh Jackman will reprise his role as Wolverine, as that character doesn’t age.

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