X-Men 3 Gets Director

The superhero movie news keeps rolling in as Daily Variety reports that British director Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake) has been hired to helm X-Men 3 for 20th Century Fox and Marvel Ent. Vaughn inherits the franchise from Bryan Singer, who has moved on to direct Warner Bros.’ Superman Returns, now filming in Australia.

Vaughn produced the Guy Ritchie films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch before going on to direct the hit Brit gangster pic, Layer Cake. Starring Michael Gambon (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), the film will get a U.S. release by Sony Classics this spring.

The trade reports that Vaughn is also being considered to direct upcoming Harry Potter and James Bond films.

Though negotiations with several of the franchise’s stars are still in the works, production on X-Men 3 is scheduled to start this summer with hopes of a Memorial Day 2006 release.