Leterrier, Slade and Bekmambetov Among Directors Being Considered for X-Men: First Class

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Late last week it was being rumoured around the web that Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn was in negotiations to direct X-Men: First Class… which was a bit of a surprise considering that he had previously dropped out of X-Men 3 at the last minute and left Fox hanging. This week it now appears that Vaughn is no longer in the running, but there is still a long list of directors being considered for the job. Potential candidates include:

  • Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted)
  • Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans)
  • David Slade (30 Days of Night, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse)
  • Samuel Bayer (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
  • Daniel Espinosa (Snabba Cash)
  • Carl Erick Rinsch (previously attached to the Alien prequel)

Bryan Singer is not on the list, apparently because he has come on board as a producer instead. Do you see anyone here that would be an ideal match? X-Men: First Class is a comedic prequel of sorts involving younger versions of many of the X-Men characters, and no doubt Fox is hoping it will be a chance to essentially reboot the franchise. Depending on what happens with Wolverine 2, it looks like this could be the next X-Men movie to hit theatres. Who would you like to see direct X-Men: First Class?

Update: Looks like Matthew Vaughn got the gig after all.



  • I think Bekmambetov could be a great choice. Despite problems I’ve had with all of his movies (Nightwatch: newbie rookie mistakes, Daywatch: immature script, Wanted: style over substance), I really do think he’s got a great future. He has a distinct style that I like, and each film has a few key scenes that wow me better than most Hollywood directors (Nightwatch: the see-through dude exposing the circulatory system in the elevator, Daywatch: the transforming parrot in the car, Wanted: crashing through the glass, some of the bullet following). I would definitely be more interested in this movie than I am now if he were attached.

  • Werner

    Timur Bekmambetov – this guy has a magic eye for that kind of movie.

  • swarez

    I fucking hate that picture that you’ve chosen for the post. Why are all the character “screaming” together?

  • They just watched Pig?

  • BEKMAMBETOV!!! As long as he isn’t writing the script.