I reported last week that Matthew Vaughn had decided not to direct X-Men: Days of Future Past, but would stay onboard as a producer. There was a rumour that X-Men and X2 writer and director Bryan Singer was top of Fox’s list to replace Vaughn, and it has now been confirmed that Singer will indeed direct the sequel to Vaughn’s exceptional X-Men: First Class.
With Singer writing and directing two X-Men films, and also handing in a script for X-Men: First Class, it makes sense that he replace Vaughn, yet I would have preferred to see Vaughn return to be honest. Singer has not had a lot of success directing recently, with both Superman Returns and Valkyrie not exactly setting the box office alight. It is also a little worrying as to why Warner Brothers are delaying Singer’s next film, Jack the Giant Slayer by almost a year from June this year to March 2013.
Fox are expecting, as planned, to go into production on X-Men: Days of Future Past early in 2013, and are sticking to their scheduled release date of July 18th 2014. X-Men: Days of Future Past is being written by Jane Goldman, Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn and will see the newly formed titular team working to prevent an alternate future where mutants are hunted by giant machines called The Sentinels.
It follows the 1980s’ comic storyline written by Chris Claremont that alternates between a present day battle against the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline where an assassination of a government official has led to Sentinels roaming the land and mutants held prisoner in internment camps.
Stars such as James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence will return as Professor X, Magneto and Mystique.
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