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Matthew Vaughn Out, Bryan Singer Possibly In To Direct 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'

by Kevin Jagernauth
October 25, 2012 4:00 PM
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Matthew Vaughn X-Men First Class

To put it bluntly, Matthew Vaughn didn't have the most pleasant shooting schedule on "X-Men: First Class." With about ten months from shoot to screen, the director was ridiculously hard pressed for time, and even found himself cycling through five cinematographers on the tumultuous shoot. January Jones famously joked, “Poor (director) Matthew Vaughn is going to have to edit it in three days. That’s been a blast. We’ve all had so much fun making that movie. I think it was unrealistic for them to think they were going to make such a huge movie in whatever we had — two months or something. So of course we went over [schedule]." It's not exactly an ideal situation, and perhaps Vaughn has seen the writing on the wall for "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

Vaughn has stepped down from the director's chair for the highly anticipated sequel. It's unclear what the reasons are at this point, and it would seem he would've had a bigger production schedule this time around, with an early 2013 start planned. But he's not throwing in the towel completely. Vaughn will take a producer role on the picture, and will direct another movie instead for Fox, where he happens to be eyeing a couple of projects ("Superior" and "The Secret Service") from their new creative consultant Mark Millar (convenient).

But fans, don't be too worried. Bryan Singer is apparently on top of the studio shortlist to take over the gig. And why not? He's still the most beloved helmer of the any pictures in the franchise, he knows the world inside out, and it's the kind of replacment that would make supergeeks sigh with relief. But it's one thing to produce, and another to direct, and with his own "Jack: The Giant Killer" already looking a bit like a miss, he might want to jump back on the winning train for another hit.

Either way, it's a rather sudden shock, but there's still enough time for the studio to recover and find someone new. Should Singer come back? Who do you want to see replace Vaughn? [Deadline]

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  • MJ | October 26, 2012 11:34 PMReply

    Can we have Vaughn for Bond 24 now?

  • MJ | October 26, 2012 11:34 PMReply

    Well to be fair, he was set to direct First Class before WB held him to making Jack the Giant Killer; and Vaughn had originally signed to replace Singer for X3 before bailing. Their intertwined replacement history is entertainingly convoluted at this point.

  • Alan | October 26, 2012 12:57 AMReply

    "He's still the most beloved helmer of the any pictures in the franchise" I was going to post this correction: "he's still the most beloved helmer of any pictures in the franchise". However, despite the obvious error, th sentence is awkwardly worded, too. It should be "he's still directed the most beloved picture in the franchise."

  • cirkusfolk | October 26, 2012 12:33 AMReply

    Damn. Not directing the Kick Ass sequel or this one. What's the deal?

  • Kevin Rubio | October 25, 2012 5:57 PMReply

  • C | October 25, 2012 5:28 PMReply

    Probably because Matthew's wife didn't want him on set directing the same woman he impregnated on the last shoot. Ahem, January.

  • carrie | October 26, 2012 5:11 AM

    nice theory if January Jones's son Xander was NOT the little lookalike of Jason Sudeikis (Jones's ex)

  • Tom | October 25, 2012 4:58 PMReply

    Vote 1 Brett Ratner

  • Gabe Toro | October 25, 2012 4:58 PMReply


  • Carl | October 25, 2012 4:19 PMReply

    matthew vaughn is the worst

  • MJ | October 26, 2012 11:35 PM

    Yup, Layer Cake, Stardust, Kick Ass, The Debt, First Class, all awful work.

  • Hamza | October 25, 2012 4:19 PMReply

    I'd love to see someone like Duncan Jones direct this.

  • Martina | October 25, 2012 6:43 PM

    Great choice!

  • DHE | October 25, 2012 4:19 PMReply

    Damn. First Wyatt now Vaughn. Fox doesn't have much luck with directors

  • Daniel | October 25, 2012 4:08 PMReply

    Singer all the way.

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