We were a little bit surprised when filmmaker Matthew Vaughn agreed to direct the X-Men: First Class sequel Days of Future Past – if only because Vaughn didn’t seem like he had a lot of fun making the first film. That title had a short production schedule, went well beyond its shooting deadline, and left many of us wondering if it would be completed by its release date. The film did eventually come out on time – and to huge success – so we figured maybe Vaughn decided the results justified all the suffering.
Apparently, though, he’s changed his mind. Vaughn is stepping down from helming the sequel and will instead take a producer’s credit on the highly anticipated follow-up. There’s been no official word yet on why Vaughn has moved away from the project, but Deadline indicates he’ll be directing another project for Fox (the two potential titles on the menu are Superior and The Secret Service – both being overseen by Mark Millar).
This is potentially panic-inducing news for X-fans, but fear not – Fox reportedly has a replacement in mind: Bryan Singer.
Singer, who helmed the first two X-Men movies for the studio, would be the most logical choice to take over in Vaughn’s stead. This should keep the comic-geek contingent happy if it comes to pass.
This isn’t the first time Vaughn’s passed on a high-profile sequel to a hit project of his own making. The director decided not to return to helm Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall and even dropped out of the original First Class briefly before returning. We don’t know if history will repeat itself here or not, but for the time being Vaughn is out on Days of Future Past.
We’ll bring you more on this developing story as details emerge.