Matthew Vaughn Out as Director of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Sequel, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST; Bryan Singer May Replace Him

     October 25, 2012


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. 

bryan_singer-x-men-first-class-sequelDeadline 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.


  • Givens

    Matt Vaughn is a fairly talented director – far more dynamic than Singer. This is bad news for anyone who liked First Class.

    • Skylark

      I didn’t like the first one so maybe this is good news for me.

      • Anonymous

        or maybe your’e just plain tedious and have bad taste in movies :o

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  • freek666

    LOL singer looks a lot like tiesto in that pic . On topic , this is good news for me since x2 was my favourite of the lot.

  • cloud720

    Maybe Brett Ratner can step in as a last minute director, because that worked so well the last time.

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  • Mark

    Probably felt uncomfortable being around January Jones and their love baby.

    • Scar2

      I was thinking the same thing :)

  • Scullibundo

    Singer only gave us the best two films in the franchsie. Yeah, fuck that guy!

    Seriously though, Singer would be a welcome return. We don’t need another B-movie from Vaughn.

    • tim

      singer was good, but he’s been off-form, superman was trash. Vaughn is hardly b-movie, kick ass was awesome, and his x-men was great.

  • Grayden

    This kinda sucks, Vaughn is one of the most underrated directors in the business. Singer kinda lost my respect when he bounced from X-Men to go make Superman. Which wasn’t a bad movie, but I would’ve rather seen an awesome X3 from Singer, than an ok Superman from Singer.

    • Scullibundo

      What? Singer badly wanted to do X3&X4 back to back, but Tom Rothman and FOX fucked around and wouldn’t sign off on Singer for X3 after more than a year of bullshitting around. Singer finally got fed up and when WB offered him Superman he took it.

      Blame FOX, not Singer.

  • Charlie

    NO SINGER! Please lets have a fresh set of eyes brought to the property instead of going back to the stale team that started this over a decade ago! This is like WB hiring Tim Burton to do Batman Begins instead of Nolan!

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    • hg

      there is this little movie called the hobbit was gonna be directed by del toro but went back to original helmer in peter jackson

  • Nomis1700

    Singer wouldn’t be that bad :)

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  • EVan

    If he brings his X-men 2 game, and not his X-men 1 game, we’ll be ok.

  • Michael

    FUCK i hope singer replaces him or he comes back

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  • Finn

    How awful to lose Vaughn! Singer? Ewww. Wish they’d get someone else. Who? Eran Creevy, perhaps; or Duncan Jones..

  • tinypony

    Matthew, I’m really happy for you and I’m'a let you finish, but X2 was one of the best superhero movies of all time. Of All Time!!

  • Anonymous

    I want to hear Mark Millar’s reaction to this, which shouldn’t take too long. Those two have been living off each other ever since they started Kick-Ass. It’s the reason why Millar only writes comics now, so there can be movies made off of them. Very interesting that Vaughn drops out of the project only about a month after Millar gets hired to oversee Fox’s Marvel movies…

    Seriously though, Vaughn has done this before. He dropped out of directing The Last Stand only two months before filming has set to begin. That’s the main reason we have the mess that Brett Ratner turned in.

  • Winner

    This is awesome! Singer will be perfect! It’s still sucks it won’t be Vaugn though.

  • Ash

    yay more stupid leather suits so excited……………….(sarcasm intended)

  • sense 11

    I just punched a hole in my wall, this is NOT good news.


    now Bryan Singer is going to completely fuck this up

  • Lem

    Singer, who botched Superman reboot so bad they had to do another one already? yeah great pick.

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  • zachrifice

    F*ck Vaughn, what a pompous douche… I have no respect for directors that lack integrity and the responsability with the films they’ve made. Unless there’s a solid reason for his departure, this is ridiculous. If the studio was up his ass about making the film according to what they wanted, that’s one thing however it seems by his past choices that this was most likely on him. I hate directors that make a great film then walk away when pre-production already starts on the follow-up. Rupert Wyatt walking off the next apes film is another prime example.

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  • daveyboy

    Does anyone else think that First Class FELL THE FUCK APART after an amazing first act? Don’t get me wrong, it had great performances from Professor X, Magneto, and The Baconator, but there were just too many problems for it to be a good movie as a whole. All of the sub characters, good and bad guys, were completely useless and boring. They didn’t even try to make them interesting, other than Mystique and Beast and even then it was only sort of.

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  • Sam

    Bryan Singer fucking raped Superman lets give him more shite to reck

  • Danny Rand

    Here’s to hoping Emma Frost gets recast because January Jones was horrendous.

  • MR g

    As long as that fat untalented fuck Brett Ratner isn’t involved i’ll still keep the faith. That fucking asshole actually claimed his was the best x-men movie when in reality its actually the worst.

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