Vaughn Out, Espinosa In On “X-Men: F.C.”?

Within a day of his name first being linked to the upcoming spin-off feature “X-Men: First Class”, British filmmaker Matthew Vaughn (“Kick Ass,” “Stardust”) may already be off the list.

Entertainment Weekly broke the news that Vaughn had been in talks to direct ‘First Class’, not unsurprising as Fox previously pursued him for “X-Men: The Last Stand” and Marvel also talked with him about doing the “Thor” movie. Bryan Singer was initially attached to direct ‘First Class’ but had to drop out due to scheduling commitments.

Now Heat Vision reports that both Vaughn and Rupert Sanders (“The Low Dweller”) have already passed on the project. Others on the short list include Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”), Louis Leterrier (“The Incredible Hulk,” “Clash of the Titans”), David Slade (“30 Days of Night,” “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”), Carl Rinsch and Swedish filmmaker Daniel Espinosa (“Snabba Cash”).

Espinosa’s “Snabba Cash” recently got picked up for a remake and the director has several high-profile projects being offered to him including Universal’s CIA spy thriller “Safe House” and the Leo DiCaprio vigilante thriller “Prisoners”. Espinosa has met with Singer, who is producing ‘First Class’, about the possibility of coming aboard but right now it seems the decision is still very much up in the air.