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Matthew Vaughn Dropping 'X-Men: First Class 2', Singer May Return?

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October 25, 2012
Source: Deadline

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Well this is going to put a damper on the otherwise exciting X-Men/Wolverine news. Deadline is saying that filmmaker Matthew Vaughn, who signed on in January, is no longer going to direct the X-Men: First Class sequel. Vaughn directed and delivered the first X-Men spin-off in 2011, and was expected to return for the follow-up, which Fox is pushing into development. But Deadline says "Vaughn has decided not to direct the sequel", passing on this and the Kick Ass sequel (being directed by Jeff Wadlow). However, they drop one other juicy tidbit: "Atop the studio's replacement short list is Bryan Singer." Now I'm listening!

The report doesn't have any reason for why Vaughn has left, but they do say this is a last-minute decision. The screenplay for the sequel, titled X-Men: Days of Future Past, is ready and the cast is set to return: Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence. As for Singer, he's not signed or confirmed yet, but they're making it out that he might be a strong possibility. "If this works out, Singer and Vaughn would essentially be switching roles. Vaughn, who wrote the treatment for the sequel for X-Men: First Class–Days of Future Past that was scripted by Simon Kinberg, would step back to produce the film with Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner." Very interesting. I'd be happy to see Singer back, but who knows what will happen.

As of just last week, Mark Millar (now overseeing all Marvel movies at Fox) hinted about sentinels in Days of Future Past, saying "you've got robots, you've got time travel, you've got superheroes." They're obviously deep in development and have a script with some big ideas. I still contend that X-Men 2 is one of the best comic book movies ever, and if they can actually get Bryan Singer back, hopefully he'll get back to those roots, as his most recent fare (including Jack the Giant Slayer) hasn't been that great. Singer did help write the script and produce X-Men: First Class, as outlined here. Deadline says Matthew Vaughn may direct the Secret Service comic book adaptation instead. I'm anxious to see what happens with both films. Stay tuned!

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  • bcopes11
    please not singer..just please, no
    • http://www.facebook.com/TheChosenPessimist Jon Odishaw
      I agree. X2 was good but Singer has made so many awful movies.
    • OfficialJab
      Ratner it is!
    • Cody W
      You guys realize he directed the first 2 Xmen movies right?
      • Jericho
        thats why they are saying no....
  • Cody W
    Well Singer knows how to tell a damn good story so we will see.
  • anatha16
    ugh singer is almost always a disappointment that would be heartbreaking
  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.groves.507 Chris Groves
    I like that Fox isn't trying to worry about ignoring some movies and continuing from others and are instead content with having the 'original timeline' that is X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men, X2, The Last Stand, and apparently 'The Wolverine' while also having a 'new timeline' that began with First Class and continues with Days of Future Past, which will apparently merge the two timelines. That's an awesome way to include all of the films, take the great with the not so great, and just focus on moving forward.
  • THEBATMAN
    awwwwwwww shit!!!
  • John
    Please don't let this be the case. Singer is a great director, but I really didn't like his take on X-Men or Superman.
  • Jimmy Love
    Gawd NO! Marvel please get ALL the rights to your property before fox and sony utterly destroy whats left of them.
  • BK
    Bryan Singer is an overrated hack. Bad news.
  • Rpin
    SINGER?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
  • Neilneilorangepeel
    Maybe he didn't like Millar looking over his shoulder

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