Well, I didn’t see this one coming, but I suspect few did. Deadline reports that Matthew Vaughn has decided not to direct the sequel to his 2011 film “X-Men: First Class.” This comes on the heels of Rupert Wyatt’s departure from the sequel to his highly successful “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” Fox is having trouble getting directors to commit to more than just a one movie stand.
Word is that Vaughn wants to concentrate on developing a movie based on Mark Millar’s comic “The Secret Service.” Vaughn directed the adaptation of Millar’s “Kick-Ass” (and didn’t stick around for the sequel to that one either).
Vaughn will stay on to produce “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” He wrote the treatment for the film and Simon Kinberg wrote the script.
So who’s up to take over the movie, which is slated for a July 18, 2014? The frontrunner is, of all people, Bryan Singer, who directed the first two X-Men films…and wrote the treatment for and produced “X-Men: First Class.” So this would be a trading places situation.
Nothing’s definite, though, so hang on and we’ll see what happens…