For months, several people involved with this past summer's "X-Men: First Class" batted around possibilities for a second film, but now Fox has reportedly hired Simon Kinberg to pen a sequel to the X-Men prequel, according to Superhero Hype.
Though the film is far from green lit, this is the first step toward an actual production. If the film does eventually get in front of the cameras, both leads James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are expected to return as the young Professor X and Magneto, respectively. There has been no word given on whether director Matthew Vaughn will return for any potential sequel.
MTV News spoke with Fassbender about the prospects of a sequel, and the actor said that he had come up with some ideas with his co-star, McAvoy.
Vaughn also said that he had ideas for a follow-up to "First Class" when he spoke with HitFix back in May. "I thought it would be fun to open with the Kennedy assassination, and we reveal that the magic bullet was controlled by Magneto," Vaughn said. "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."
It's too early to know whether either Fassbender and McAvoy's or Vaughn's ideas will find their way on screen, but the screenwriter Kinberg is more than familiar with the series, having produced "First Class" and co-written "X-Men: The Last Stand."
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