Last week, word emerged that Matthew Vaughn had officially signed on to direct "X-Men: First Class," which is being put under an accelerated development in order to meet a 2011 release date. The deal happened so quickly, that Vaughn hasn't even had a chance to meet with the "X-Men: First Class" screenwriters, according to Zack Stentz and Ashley Edward Miller.
"Honestly, we haven't spoken to [Vaughn] yet," said Miller during an interview with I09. "It's a very accelerated process."
"They've eliminated the usual screwing around and waiting two to four weeks when you turn in a draft," added Stentz. "It's amazing how much fat there is in the feature development process. And how quickly you can make it happen if you cut it out. TV proves that."
"Of course, there's a complete script," continued Miller. "But these things are never done until they're shot and edited. All we know is we throw ink where we need to throw ink and we do it until they say stop."
"Gossip Girl" creator Josh Schwartz had previously been attached to write "X-Men: First Class" prior to Bryan Singer's return to the franchise. Jamie Moss (“Ghost in The Shell”) had also been attached to film, before Singer revealed that his commitments to the Warner Bros. film "Jack The Giant Killer" would force him to step aside as the director.
According to Stentz and Miller — who are also the screenwriters of "Thor" — it was Singer's take on the "X-Men" that drew them to this project.
"Bryan is a great collaborator," said Miller. "He's very smart, he knows what he wants and he's great with the back-and-forth of designing cool scenes and moments. And when you get into the superheroics, he wants to understand how and why things work."
"In TV terms, it was like meeting with a great showrunner," added Stentz. "He absolutely knows what he wants, but is interested in your opinion and enjoys means-testing all of the ideas that come out."
Stentz and Miller also spoke about their approach to the newest chapter in the "X-Men" film franchise.
"In some sense you should be reintroducing your characters in every film," said Stentz. "The thing is, we've been here before," continued Miller. "We did it on ['Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles'] for two seasons. We did it on 'Thor.' You learn how to approach the material as something you can live in and not just nod at."
"I would also argue that if you're telling a story where your characters can no longer surprise the audience, you're telling the wrong story," added Miller. "These characters surprised us at every turn, sometimes in really wonderful and emotional ways. Those moments are what make movies great."
"X-Men: First Class" will arrive in theaters in June, 2011.
What are your thoughts on the accelerated development of "X-Men: First Class"? Do you agree with Stentz and Miller that the quality of the film won't suffer from the quick turnaround? Which X-Men do you want to see in the film? Let us know what you're thinking in the comment section or on Twitter!