Director Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) has reportedly decided not to direct the sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past. At this time, there is no explanation for Vaughn’s departure, but this doesn’t mark the first change of heart in the director’s history. He previously toyed with the notion of dropping out of helming 2010’s Kick-Ass before changing his mind and returning. He then opted out of directing the sequel, which is currently being directed by Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down). Fox wants to keep their July 18th, 2014 release date and will have to move on landing a new director soon, especially since the original cast, including Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, are all expected to return. Tops on their list is Bryan Singer (X-Men, X2). Hit the jump for more.
Deadline reports that Vaughn will step away from his directorial responsibilities on X-Men: Days of Future Past, but that Singer may step in to replace him. Vaughn, who wrote the treatment for the sequel, will remain with the project as a producer. He’ll also be attached to another Fox production, Secret Service, which was pitched by Mark Millar as a combination of My Fair Lady and James Bond.
Singer, meanwhile, has been a mainstay in the X-Men feature film franchise since writing and directing the first two films in 2000 and 2003. He also turned in the script for X-Men: First Class and held a producer credit for that film as well. Singer, who is currently a producer on the sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past, recently spoke about the film’s plot while confirming the title and revealing that it deals with aspects of the 1980s comic book storyline. Stay tuned for more on this developing story.