Michael Fassbender spoke to SuperHeroHype at the National Board of Review Gala in New York City last night, where the actor received the Spotlight Award for his performances this past year and said that he believes there will be an X-Men: First Class sequel made;
“I have no choice. They contracted me for two options. I gotta get down with it,” he joked. “We’re at the ground level, but yeah I think there’s going to be another one.”
After earning $146.4 million domestically, the lowest final figure of all X-Men movies, there had been some speculation that a sequel was in doubt. But back in November, 20th Century Fox hired X-Men 3: The Last Stand writer and long time X-universe producer Simon Kinberg to write a follow-up which at this point seems to indicate they do want to make one.
However the sequel won’t go into production this year. All of the actors are working on other things and we are probably a few months away from Fox getting a final draft on their desks. There is a big chance it could go into production in 2013 for a release in 2014 but it all depends on the quality of the screenplay.
X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn has shown interest in helming the sequel but because Fox didn’t greenlight the follow-up straight away his attention has turned instead to working on The Secret Service, which he hopes to direct.
No story details yet for the sequel but Matthew Vaughn did tell us over the summer he wanted X-Men: Second Class (as we’ve been calling it internally at WhatCulture!) to begin with Magneto helping along the bullet from Lee Harvey Oswald that killed JFK because he wouldn’t acknowledge the mutants work in stopping global annihilation from World War III.
“I thought it would be fun to open with the Kennedy Assassination, and we reveal that the magic bullet was controlled by Magneto. 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.”