Director Matthew Vaughn‘s last superhero outing X-Men: First Class is easily my favorite film out of the franchise since it launched back in 2000. Vaughn, who is incredibly light on his feet when it comes to imbuing his work with a sense of fun (even when dealing with action and some occasional heavy violence), got the tone just right. The result was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2011 for me. So it was a bit of a bummer that he didn’t come back for X-Men: Days of Future Past, even though that film wound up being better than a lot of people seemed to expect.
Turns out there may be another reason for that (besides director Bryan Singer seeming more engaged than he has in years). During an interview for Kingsman: The Secret Service Vaughn told Steve that about 90% of his story for the film made it into the final product. We’ll have the whole interview up closer to that film’s release in the UK on January 29, 2015 and in the US on February 13, 2015, but I wanted to share this piece of info on its own. Hit the jump for more details from Matthew Vaughn’s take on X-Men: The Days of Future Past.
“I’d say 90%. I mean, we worked on the script [Simon] Kinsberg and I. It was a really tough decision for me, because I pulled out just because I’d finished the Kingsman: The Secret Service script at the same time and I was like “My god if I don’t make a fun spy movie right now, somebody else’s going to do it.” And I think there’s five coming out next year now. So we’re going to be the first of it not the last. Bryan [Singer] did a few things, which I thought were genius that weren’t in my script. I had Juggernaut breaking into the Pentagon, he changed it to Quicksilver and did that fucking brilliantly, I have to add. My idea was the sentinels at the end, I wanted them to look like Mystique. I thought there should be thousands of mystiques attacking them in the future. He changed a few more of the mutants, but it was pretty close. Yeah, it was pretty close.”
Wherever the franchise goes from here, one would hope it retains the energy of the last two films since they were a huge step up from what came before.