Matthew Vaughn Dropping 'X-Men: First Class 2', Singer May Return?
by Alex Billington
October 25, 2012
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!
please not singer..just please, no
bcopes11 on Oct 25, 2012
I agree. X2 was good but Singer has made so many awful movies.
Jon Odishaw on Oct 25, 2012
Ratner it is!
OfficialJab on Oct 25, 2012
You guys realize he directed the first 2 Xmen movies right?
Cody W on Oct 25, 2012
thats why they are saying no....
Jericho on Oct 25, 2012
Well Singer knows how to tell a damn good story so we will see.
Cody W on Oct 25, 2012
ugh singer is almost always a disappointment that would be heartbreaking
anatha16 on Oct 25, 2012
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.
Chris Groves on Oct 25, 2012
THEBATMAN on Oct 25, 2012
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.
John on Oct 25, 2012
Gawd NO! Marvel please get ALL the rights to your property before fox and sony utterly destroy whats left of them.
Jimmy Love on Oct 25, 2012
Bryan Singer is an overrated hack. Bad news.
BK on Oct 25, 2012
Rpin on Oct 25, 2012
Maybe he didn't like Millar looking over his shoulder
Neilneilorangepeel on Oct 26, 2012
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