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'X-Men: First Class' and 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Sequels Confirmed

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Jan 30, 2012 | 9:04am EST

X-MenFox is busy working on some big film followups to 2011 hits: specifically, X-Men: First Class and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

The X-Men film to follow First Class is being assigned several behind the scenes players. Director Matthew Vaughn (First Class) is reported to be returning for this new series installment, as is producer Bryan Singer. The script responsibilities to screenwriter Simon Kinberg, who wrote X-Men: The Last Stand. The First Class cast, which included James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, is also expected to return for the next feature.

The ending of Rise of the Planet of the Apes always suggested a sequel, but some rumors suggested that one might not occur, or that director Rupert Wyatt might not return for a second Apes film. But Fox reports that Wyatt is indeed directing a followup to his Caesarian hit.

All good news on the Fox frontier. Mutant people. Mutant apes. Rises and falls. Firsts and lasts. A whole lot of big screen excitement.

Source: Deadline

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