Matthew Vaughn out of X-Men: First Class sequel?

News Ryan Lambie 25 Oct 2012 - 21:35
X-Men: First Class

According to the latest reports, Matthew Vaughn has decided not to direct the sequel to X-Men: First Class...

Well, here's a surprising piece of news: it's being reported that Matthew Vaughn, who scored a major financial hit with X-Men: First Class, has decided not to direct the sequel, Days Of Future Past. 

Given that Vaughn had passed on the chance to direct the sequel to his 2010 hit, Kick-Ass - handing that task over to Jeff Wadlow instead - we naturally assumed that it was Vaughn's eagerness to direct the First Class follow-up that enticed him away.

Now, it seems that he's stepping back from Days Of Future Past, too, and will instead helm an adaptation of another Mark Millar comic book series, Secret Service.

The thinking is that Bryan Singer, whose involvement in the X-Men franchise is long standing, will take over the X-Men sequel in Vaughn's stead, but that is merely a rumour at this point.

If the stories are accurate, then Fox will be scrambling to get a director installed as quickly as possible, given that the production was originally scheduled to begin in the new year, with a projected release date of 18th July 2014.

More news on this as it comes in.


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He can go @&*! himself

If Millar ever wanted to reboot Wanted with proper supervillians and everything rather than go down the Wanted 2 sequel route (the news of which doesn't sound great), then I'd happily back Vaughn for the job. That said, isn't about time Millar started directing some of his own adaptations?

good...because first class was grossly overrated

I knew Fox would find a way to screw this franchise up again...

First class was great, some iffy CGI in places but still great!

grossly overrated, sure. but definitely the best of the franchise.

I thought Vaughn had already said he wasn't directing this a while back?

Oh well. Singer's involvement with the previous film means there should be some continuity but I'm not sure I have any confidence in his directorial judgement any more.

However, if they are wanting to bring back the original X-movie cast they may only be willing to do it for him, in that actorly snobbish way they sometimes have.

As long as Singer keeps up the standard with First Class and X2 i will be happy. I'm sad to see Vaughn go. However, IF they get Singer in, it's not all bad news. :-D

it was a nonsense film really. crappy choice of mutants. poor characterisation of most of them and a magneto who slipped into an Irish brogue for the final 20 minutes of the film. X2 is still the best of these though its competition is minimal. give the rights to Marvel, reboot it and tie it into the Avengers film universe, maybe then we'd get a Wolverine who isnt taller than pretty much everyone else in the film.....

Agreed. It doesn't make sense, the action is pedestrian and with the exception of X and Magneto the characters are none existent.

im holding out hope Uwe Boll is available

Oh my god! Singer......

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