As we’ve rounded the corner into the next decade, it’s interesting to note that there’s still heat on projects that were essentially born way back in the 20th century. The success of X-Men was a key reason why we’re seeing so many comic books turned into movies, and the franchise itself might be hobbling from Wolverine, but it’s not dead yet.

Considering the anticipation of an X-Men: First Class film, Fox should be smart to choose wisely when it comes to the best possible talent available to understand the complex franchise (both the films and the giant body of work from the comic books). According to Deadline, a short list of director’s they’re looking at is available for everyone to see:

So who would you want?

  1. Timur Bekmambetov: Busted onto the scene with Daywatch and Nightwatch, followed them up with his American debut Wanted (showing comic book cred), and has several projects on the horizon including its sequel.
  2. Louis Leterrier: Got his start with The Transporter, delivered a strong version of Hulk with Ed Norton (also comic book cred), but may have stumbled a bit with Clash of the Titans.
  3. David Slade: Shocked people with Hard Candy, scared people with 30 Days of Night (oh crap, more comic book cred), and shocked Neil Miller with a good trailer for Twilight: Eclipse.
  4. Daniel Espinosa: The Deadline write-up labels him as Daniel Espinoza, so I have no way of knowing if this is who they meant, but Espionsa is the Swedish filmmaker who directed Snabba Cash (which is now getting remade with Zac Efron).
  5. Carl Erick Rinsch: Blew people’s minds with his short film The Gift, and is set to direct 47 Ronin for Universal.
  6. Matthew Vaughn: Got a head start producing Guy Ritchie’s films, directed Layer Cake and Stardust, and just earned his comic book cred with Kick-Ass this year.

The early word is that Vaughn was the top choice, but that talks are iffy. With a decision being made by next week, who would you argue for if you were in the room at Fox right now?

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