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Matthew Vaughn left X-Men: Days of Future Past due to lack of excitement

02.17.2014by:

When it comes to the X-MEN film franchise, we have three levels of director: Bryan Singer, Brett Ratner, and Matthew Vaughn. Of those three, you can eliminate Ratner as the lowest of the three, quality-wise. Between Singer and Vaughn, they both have their strengths as filmmakers outside of the superhero genre and within the X-MEN films, they have both proven themselves adept. So, when Vaughn opted not to direct X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST and Singer returned to the fold for the first time since X2, some were disappointed while others were okay with the franchise returning to the man who birthed it. Still, we didn't know the true reason why Vaughn elected not to direct the follow-up to FIRST CLASS.

Thanks to a recent interview, now we do. Speaking to Empire, Vaughn clearly gave the reason why he left the franchise.

It didnt excite me enough. The thing that was exciting about it was bringing all these actors together. What a cast! But Ive worked with great actors and I just thought, Ive got to do my own thing.

The script was great for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, but I had THE SECRET SERVICE in my head, and this has always been [director Bryan Singer's] machine. Its come full circle.

Not being excited by a project doesn't tend to instill me with confidence in a project. If the massive cast and script and good enough, what isn't exciting? I respect his artistic perspective not being challenged by the film and wanting to try something different, but something still doesn't feel right to me. Could Vaughn have been at odds, creatively, with the direction of the movie? Maybe it just wasn't the way he wanted to make it? Saying it is Bryan Singer's "machine" leads me to think that Singer wanted it to go one way while Vaughn wanted another.

Whatever the case may be, we are getting Bryan Singer's X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST and Vaughn's THE SECRET SERVICE. Hopefully both are great movies. DAYS OF FUTURE PAST opens May 23, 2014 and THE SECRET SERVICE opens March 6, 2015.

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3:42PM on 02/17/2014

I take Vaughn's words at face-value.

It's known that his involvement with X-Men: First Class was mostly because it gave him the opportunity to create a James Bond-esque political thriller with a very large, talented cast...which is something he'd wanted to do for quite some time. The time period it took place in, the chance to make a quasi-reboot with minimal studio interference, the origins aspect of it...those were the biggest draws for Vaughn. Then he left the X-Men franchise to work on yet ANOTHER project that let him pursue
It's known that his involvement with X-Men: First Class was mostly because it gave him the opportunity to create a James Bond-esque political thriller with a very large, talented cast...which is something he'd wanted to do for quite some time. The time period it took place in, the chance to make a quasi-reboot with minimal studio interference, the origins aspect of it...those were the biggest draws for Vaughn. Then he left the X-Men franchise to work on yet ANOTHER project that let him pursue his James Bond desires: The Secret Service. So while I loved what he did with First Class, I certainly respect his reasons for leaving. Singer is more than capable enough to work wonders with Days of Future Past.
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3:38PM on 02/17/2014
What he said isn't ominous at all. The guy has quit how many films in his career? It's his calling card. Sign onto a big property, drop out to direct something smaller. First Class was the only time he bucked the trend.
What he said isn't ominous at all. The guy has quit how many films in his career? It's his calling card. Sign onto a big property, drop out to direct something smaller. First Class was the only time he bucked the trend.
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4:14PM on 02/17/2014
This entire series of movies could be called 'X-Men: Lack of Excitement'.
This entire series of movies could be called 'X-Men: Lack of Excitement'.
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4:20PM on 02/17/2014
or 'X-Men: Hugh Jackman's only excitement'

Since.... well, he is the one having the best development and screentime.
or 'X-Men: Hugh Jackman's only excitement'

Since.... well, he is the one having the best development and screentime.
9:34PM on 02/17/2014
Which will be abbreviated as 'X-LAX'
Which will be abbreviated as 'X-LAX'
4:52PM on 02/17/2014

Vaughn is great

But I am tired of him leaving projects. Will he direct a Bond film already?
But I am tired of him leaving projects. Will he direct a Bond film already?
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8:51PM on 02/17/2014
He'd probably walk away from that too citing Bond's Aston Martin isn't
exciting as a Lexus LFA or something trivial along those lines.
He'd probably walk away from that too citing Bond's Aston Martin isn't
exciting as a Lexus LFA or something trivial along those lines.
6:10AM on 02/18/2014

HE ZIGS WHEN HE SHOULD ZAG...

Mr. Vaughn has always been a contrarian. Why repeat oneself with a sequel to a successful film (see First Class & Kick Ass) when you can do something else that tickles your fancy. I applaud his style & await for what he does next with baited breath.
Mr. Vaughn has always been a contrarian. Why repeat oneself with a sequel to a successful film (see First Class & Kick Ass) when you can do something else that tickles your fancy. I applaud his style & await for what he does next with baited breath.
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10:11PM on 02/17/2014

singer

The x-men movies singers has made are both pretty boring and exciting. Much preffered first class over the first three. I would much rather preffered vaughn back for this. Singer doesnt ser to understand the characters one bit, he should just stay clear of comic book adaptations.
The x-men movies singers has made are both pretty boring and exciting. Much preffered first class over the first three. I would much rather preffered vaughn back for this. Singer doesnt ser to understand the characters one bit, he should just stay clear of comic book adaptations.
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10:12PM on 02/17/2014
Not exciting.
Not exciting.
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9:29PM on 02/17/2014

Vaughn makes Spy Movies

X-men first class was great because at its core, it's a 60's spy movie. That's something Vaughn does really well. Thats why we are looking forward tocSecret Service and want him to take on Bond.

DOFP seems like its going in a different direction altogether, maybe Vaughn knew he isn't the best person to take us there.
X-men first class was great because at its core, it's a 60's spy movie. That's something Vaughn does really well. Thats why we are looking forward tocSecret Service and want him to take on Bond.

DOFP seems like its going in a different direction altogether, maybe Vaughn knew he isn't the best person to take us there.
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9:30AM on 02/18/2014
Wasn't Vaughn attached to direct X-Men Last Stand as well.... Vaughn did an amazing job on First Class and his track record speaks for itself. But Singer create this whole thing and has done a solid job, him picking up the reigns is probably the best thing for DOFP.
Wasn't Vaughn attached to direct X-Men Last Stand as well.... Vaughn did an amazing job on First Class and his track record speaks for itself. But Singer create this whole thing and has done a solid job, him picking up the reigns is probably the best thing for DOFP.
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9:26PM on 02/17/2014
I loved and respected what he did with First Class and how the film breathed much new life into a franchise that needed new life. I don't mind him walking away from this film because considering the story this time around and the entire cast that is back for it, I believe it is better under Singer's vision; the guy which stated above in the article was the guy to first create this world and to put these characters on the big screen for all of us fans to enjoy.
I loved and respected what he did with First Class and how the film breathed much new life into a franchise that needed new life. I don't mind him walking away from this film because considering the story this time around and the entire cast that is back for it, I believe it is better under Singer's vision; the guy which stated above in the article was the guy to first create this world and to put these characters on the big screen for all of us fans to enjoy.
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4:45PM on 02/17/2014
The feeling is mutual . . .
The feeling is mutual . . .
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2:02AM on 02/18/2014

This is only the second film he's backed out of

The other was the terrible X-Men Last Stand. It sounds like he backed out because he didn't have full control, just like on X-Men last stand. Since he really hasn't made a bad film yet and Brian Singer hasn't made a good one since X2, I think there's reason to think that Days of future past will have some serious issues. That and those horrible pictures they released.
The other was the terrible X-Men Last Stand. It sounds like he backed out because he didn't have full control, just like on X-Men last stand. Since he really hasn't made a bad film yet and Brian Singer hasn't made a good one since X2, I think there's reason to think that Days of future past will have some serious issues. That and those horrible pictures they released.
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