Matthew Vaughn To Direct 'X-Men: First Class'?

First Class"Kick-Ass" director Matthew Vaughn's name has been tossed out in connection with plenty of comic book properties in recent weeks, but some sources are now reporting that the filmmaker is making his Marvel by returning to the "X-Men" franchise.

Both Superhero Hype and Deadline are reporting that Vaughn is in talks with 20th Century Fox to direct "X-Men: First Class," the mutant-centric prequel currently targeting a 2011 release date. While the deal has yet to be finalized, Superhero Hype notes that Vaughn's involvement is "definitely looking good."

Last week, Entertainment Weekly suggested that Vaughn was in talks with Fox to direct "X-Men: First Class," but other sources indicated that the deal had fallen through. Now, it appears that Vaughn is back in the mix.

If Vaughn accepts the director's role on "First Class," it would be his second attempt at getting behind the camera for an "X-Men" movie. The filmmaker was previously hired to direct "X-Men: The Last Stand" but ultimately departed the project due to creative differences. Brett Ratner assumed the vacant position with a short time table before filming was scheduled to begin. Vaughn recently criticized "The Last Stand," saying that the film "needed more heart."

Vaughn isn't the only "Kick-Ass" creative mind recently connected to the "X-Men" franchise. Last month, comic book scribe Mark Millar stated that he turned down an offer to write "X-Men 4," though Fox would only confirm that the studio had reached out to the writer to discuss the property "at a high level."

The "First Class" director gig has gone through quite the round of rumors over the past several weeks and months. Bryan Singer was originally attached to direct but ultimately opted for a producer role instead. Other recent rumored candidates to direct the film include Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted"), David Slade ("30 Days of Night") and Louis Leterrier ("The Incredible Hulk"), according to Deadline.

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