Only a few days ago we reporting Kick-Ass, Layer Cake and Stardust director Matthew Vaughn was in negotiations to direct X-Men: First Class. That rumor was shot down by Deadline, but they are back today saying he has returned to the project and about to “close a deal.”

Cinematical reported that all of the following were in the running: Louis Leterrier, Jonathan Mostow, Daniel Espinosa, Rupert Sanders, Timur Bekmambetov, David Slade, and Carl Erick Rinsch. It looks like Vaughn has it though, unless we are proven wrong yet again.

Previously: Kick-Ass director may direct X-Men: First Class. Or at least Fox has offered him the job and he’s talking to them about it.

If talks go well this is what it’d look like:

“…[Vaughn] could very well turn down the First Class offer, as well (sources say the studio is also speaking with other possible directors). Should a deal come together, however, Vaughn would be helming an origin story of the X-Men crew, one that tells the story of Cyclops, Jean Grey, and the other X-Men in their younger years, played by younger actors.” [EW]

Okay, so it’s a pseudo-news story, but one that sounds really interesting coming off Vaughn’s success (critically at least) with Kick-Ass. One would imagine the Jamie Moss script (written back when Bryan Singer was attached) stands to be rewritten a few times before filming begins.

Do you we need another X-Men movie? A Matthew Vaughn X-Men movie?

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