Well here’s a shocker no one saw coming. Deadline reports that Matthew Vaughn has opted out of directing Fox’s upcoming sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and with the film expected to go into production early 2013, this leaves Fox in a bit of a predicament. See, the film was expected to begin filming in January, and this was the reason for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire having to go into production so early due to Jennifer Lawrence appearing in both films. With Vaughn now leaving as director, it is doubtful X-Men: Days of Future Past will begin shooting in January, however Fox are determined to meet the planned release date of July 18th 2014.
Vaughn did not give a reason for his departure, although the director is known to be a little choosy and difficult when it comes to directing. He did the same with X-Men: First Class by excepting the job as director, then pulling out and eventually coming back to direct (and a fine job he did too!). He also caused the same issue with Kick-Ass, and then the sequel to Kick-Ass he decided not to direct at all and passed those duties on to Jeff Wadlow. With Kick-Ass 2, Vaughn remained as producer, and he will do the same for Fox with X-Men: Days of Future Past. Having also wrote the treatment for the sequel, which was scripted by Simon Kinberg, it would make sense for him to stay.
Fox are now hunting for a replacement director, and quick! This now leads to some more interesting news also reported by Deadline: Bryan Singer is top of Fox’s list to direct! This certainly is great news as Singer directed the first two films of the original X-Men trilogy, and wrote and produced X-Men: First Class. He was due to serve as producer on X-Men: Days of Future Past, but should he take the role of director, then technically he and Vaughn would be switching roles.
With the script ready to go, and Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy all set to return, don’t expect Fox to waste anytime in finding a new director. I reckon we will have confirmation of a new director sooner than you might think.
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