Director will return for sequel.

Deadline has word that 20th Century Fox has closed a deal with Matthew Vaughn for the director to return for a sequel to ‘X-Men: First Class.’

As previously reported, the sequel will be penned by Simon Kinberg (‘Sherlock Holmes,’ ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’), with the bulk of the main cast returning. Bryan Singer is also back on board as producer, but at the moment there is no word if Vaughn’s frequent collaborator Jane Goldman will be returning.

Back in November Vaughn shared his ideas on how he would like to open the sequel:

“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. And we could go from there, and I’ve got some fun ideas about what other mutants to bring in.”