Director Matthew Vaughn was a surprising choice to helm the upcoming X-Men prequel X-Men: First Class — Vaughn certainly had comic book movie experience, but was the original director for X-Men: First Stand before dropping out.
First Class originally had X-Men and X2: X-Men United director Bryan Singer on board to direct, but his commitment to another movie (Jack the Giant Killer) eventually forced Singer to step down as director (though he stayed on as producer), opening the door for Vaughn.
Vaughn inherited Singer's story and screenplay for First Class, but Vaughn's first order of business was to bring frequent collaborator Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, Stardust) in to re-write the script. Despite the legal wrangling from previous screenwriters to get credit for the screenplay — Goldman, along with Thor screenwriters Zack Stentz and Ashley Edward Miller got scripting credit, and Singer and Sheldon Turner got story credit, while Singer's screenwriter Jamie Moss got left out entirely — Vaughn told HitFix that he and Goldman took the previous drafts and did a "total rewrite."
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The story was there, but it didn't have what I thought was the fun, and the Bond-style stuff wasn't in there, and I said to Jane, "Let's start the film off with the exact scene from the first film." Jane and I just had a vision that we got out there as quickly as possible. We really respected Bryan's idea of the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis background.