Jane Goldman Discusses Whether She Will Write the X-Men: First Class Sequel
Posted 02.02.12 by Ryan
After a long period of silence, 20th Century Fox is moving quickly on the expected sequel to X-Men: First Class. First Class producer and 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand screenwriter Simon Kinberg was hired to write the sequel in November, and earlier this week, Fox officially hired back director Matthew Vaughn. THR reports that the rest of the cast is confirmed to return as well, including James McAvoy, who played Charles Xavier, a.k.a. Professor X, and Michael Fassbender, who played Erik Lensherr, a.k.a. Magneto. Of course, this comes as little surprise since McAvoy has already revealed in November that he was contractually obligated to return, stating "if Fox decides we're doing it, then I don't have a choice," while Fassbender revealed earlier this month that he is actually signed "for two options," meaning two sequels.
The question remains whether First Class screenwriter Jane Goldman will be back as well. A frequent collaborator with Vaughn, including 2010's Kick-Ass and 2007's Stardust, Goldman recently revealed that she would be "100% there" if Vaughn decided to return, but was less confident about a return during an interview with Bleeding Cool.
I’ve spoken recently about Kick-Ass 2 so everything I have to say about that is already online but X-Men... yeah, I probably can’t say anything about that but there will definitely be one. I’m honestly not involved... Simon Kinberg is writing a draft right now.
Goldman might be too busy considering the projects she is working including adapting a screenplay of Ransom Riggs' dark fantasy novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children for director Tim Burton, as well as another "American studio project" which hasn't "been officially announced yet".
During an interview with The Playlist, Goldman may have "officially announced" what the second project may be.
I'm working on a sci-fi project for Warners [Bros.]. It's called Nonplayer, an adaptation of a really wonderful comic that just won the Eisner for [Promising] Newcomer. It’s futuristic, it’s incredible. Science fiction is not a genre I’m used to [writing], but it’s my favorite.
Published by Image Comics, Nate Simpson's Nonplayer is set in a distant future where a woman named Dana Stevens escapes her dead-end tamale delivery job by playing in an online fantasy world. Producer David Heyman (Harry Potter) acquired the movie rights last August.
With other projects in the works as well, Goldman's "100%" commitment to a First Class sequel was incrementally reduced while talking to the The Playlist, with Goldman stating that it's "not certain yet" before adding "but I'd like to, and Matthew [Vaughn] would like me to."
We have a feeling Vaughn will find a way to bring Goldman back, since he hasn't made a movie without her since his 2004 directorial debut, Layer Cake.