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Matthew Vaughn will not direct X-Men: Days of Future Past after all

Oct. 25, 2012by:

Everything positive we have been hearing about X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST just came to a screeching halt. Director Matthew Vaughn has stepped down and will only produce the sequel to X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.

Deadline reports that the top choice to replace Vaughn is none other than Bryan Singer, current producer and director of the first two X-MEN movies.

Rumor has it that Vaughn will be directing another comic book movie for Fox instead: Mark Millar's SECRET SERVICE. The comic sounds pretty cool: When Gary, a kid from a difficult home in a South London housing estate gets jailed for motor theft and reckless driving under the influence it looks like its all over for him. But when his Mum calls in his Uncle Jack, Garys given a second chance. Although it may not be the second chance he was expecting, as Uncle Jack works for the British Government.

I am still trying to process what the hell is going on. So, Vaughn originally did not want to direct the sequel, then came back and wrote the script treatment, and is now stepping away again. Include the fact that Millar and Vaughn have been planning to make SECRET SERVICE together and Millar is now the Marvel consultant at Fox. This will mark the second sequel Vaughn has opted to not direct. The other being KICK ASS 2. Bryan Singer has not had a great deal of luck lately. His JACK THE GIANT SLAYER has been bounced around like crazy and his recent series MOCKINGBIRD LANE has been banished to a Halloween special this Friday.

I wouldn't mind Singer since he has proven to be a great director in the past but Fox needs to figure this out soon or they may endanger the scheduled release date of July 18, 2014.

What do you think? Should Singer jump in the chair or should they look for someone new?

Source: Deadline

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4:02PM on 10/25/2012

Sweet!

Nothing against Vaughn, but I would actually prefer Singer be the director tbh, hope it happens!
Nothing against Vaughn, but I would actually prefer Singer be the director tbh, hope it happens!
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4:04PM on 10/25/2012

Umm

That's the synopsis of Superior, not The Secret Service.
That's the synopsis of Superior, not The Secret Service.
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4:04PM on 10/25/2012

also that new movie Vaughn's doing 'Secret Service'

at first it sounded horrible from that description, then (and don't take this the wrong way) the multiple sclerosis thing came in and everything after that... sounds interesting actually!
at first it sounded horrible from that description, then (and don't take this the wrong way) the multiple sclerosis thing came in and everything after that... sounds interesting actually!
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4:07PM on 10/25/2012
I've just lost a lot of interest in this movie
I've just lost a lot of interest in this movie
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4:15PM on 10/25/2012
Singer can't do action scenes (see X1, X2 and Vallkyres as examples), and this storyline contains a lot of action. Guess it falls into the rental category for me.

And before people jump all over my jock about X2, think back to it. The only action scene is at the very beginning in the White House. While interesting, it didn't make up for the lack of action in the rest of the movie.
Singer can't do action scenes (see X1, X2 and Vallkyres as examples), and this storyline contains a lot of action. Guess it falls into the rental category for me.

And before people jump all over my jock about X2, think back to it. The only action scene is at the very beginning in the White House. While interesting, it didn't make up for the lack of action in the rest of the movie.
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4:21PM on 10/25/2012

oh wait nevermind SECRET SERVICE

guess you edited the synopsis? That's not the one I originally read... anyways yeah, I much preferred the other one lol, this one doesn't sound very interesting at all. In this case, I'll take a PASS on Secret Service...
guess you edited the synopsis? That's not the one I originally read... anyways yeah, I much preferred the other one lol, this one doesn't sound very interesting at all. In this case, I'll take a PASS on Secret Service...
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4:24PM on 10/25/2012
This does not bode well.
This does not bode well.
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4:44PM on 10/25/2012

If it's not Vaughn, then it should be Singer.

I can't imagine anyone else doing X-men besides Vaughn or Singer. Yes, I do wish Vaughn would come back because First Class was amazing, but Singer is a PERFECT 2nd choice and I welcome it with open arms. He created this universe back in 2000 and the first 2-films were great. I have hope that this will be great. We'll have to wait and see.
I can't imagine anyone else doing X-men besides Vaughn or Singer. Yes, I do wish Vaughn would come back because First Class was amazing, but Singer is a PERFECT 2nd choice and I welcome it with open arms. He created this universe back in 2000 and the first 2-films were great. I have hope that this will be great. We'll have to wait and see.
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4:45PM on 10/25/2012
The only way this works is if Bryan Singer steps up. Why couldn't Vaughn have done this a couple of months ago before Kick Ass 2 started shooting? I love the X-Men so fingers crossed they make the right move. There's more than a year before the release date and the script is based off of a really good story. Here's hoping FOX makes a smart decision and doesn't bring in Brett Ratner.
The only way this works is if Bryan Singer steps up. Why couldn't Vaughn have done this a couple of months ago before Kick Ass 2 started shooting? I love the X-Men so fingers crossed they make the right move. There's more than a year before the release date and the script is based off of a really good story. Here's hoping FOX makes a smart decision and doesn't bring in Brett Ratner.
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4:47PM on 10/25/2012

Boo!

I have nothing against Bryan Singer and I really enjoy his work on the first 2 X-Men movies, but First Class was ALL about Vaughn's directing style. That's what made this film! This really worries me, especially since Singer's "Superman Returns" was not very good...at all. Look at Nolan's Batman trilogy, would those films been nearly half as good had Nolan not directed one of them? I don't think so. It's all about continuity and keeping with the style. That's why X-Men 3 sucked so badly.
I have nothing against Bryan Singer and I really enjoy his work on the first 2 X-Men movies, but First Class was ALL about Vaughn's directing style. That's what made this film! This really worries me, especially since Singer's "Superman Returns" was not very good...at all. Look at Nolan's Batman trilogy, would those films been nearly half as good had Nolan not directed one of them? I don't think so. It's all about continuity and keeping with the style. That's why X-Men 3 sucked so badly. This makes me sad.
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5:01PM on 10/25/2012

Sweet irony!

Remember that Singer was meant to do First Class then dropped out last minute, took the producing role and let Vaughn direct instead. It looks like the reverse is going to happen here, well at least hopefully. Just keep Ratner away and I won't panic.
Remember that Singer was meant to do First Class then dropped out last minute, took the producing role and let Vaughn direct instead. It looks like the reverse is going to happen here, well at least hopefully. Just keep Ratner away and I won't panic.
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5:17PM on 10/25/2012

Fuckkk

If Vaughn isnt directing I just dont want this to be made, I have no faith in Singer at all with this film. THis just made my heart drop. Fuckkk!
If Vaughn isnt directing I just dont want this to be made, I have no faith in Singer at all with this film. THis just made my heart drop. Fuckkk!
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5:22PM on 10/25/2012
Is Singer directs it, I won't see it. Xmen 1 and 2 were dull and inorganic.
Is Singer directs it, I won't see it. Xmen 1 and 2 were dull and inorganic.
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5:38PM on 10/25/2012

Xmen is Xmen

I think an Xmen movie is more about the writers and the showrunner than the director. Vaughn and Millars name will still be on it, so i dont really care who actually directs it.

But i wonder since Millar wrote Secret Service, and Vaughn is directing. Will that also be in the Fox/Marvel universe?
I think an Xmen movie is more about the writers and the showrunner than the director. Vaughn and Millars name will still be on it, so i dont really care who actually directs it.

But i wonder since Millar wrote Secret Service, and Vaughn is directing. Will that also be in the Fox/Marvel universe?
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2:30PM on 10/26/2012
Did you watch Xmen 3 or wolverine?
Did you watch Xmen 3 or wolverine?
5:39PM on 10/25/2012
This just makes me feel like fox is still a lifetime away from getting their act together. Fox's own Marvel consultant pulls the director out of their Marvel movie this late in pre production for his own project, whether this works out or not (I still hope it does) it's certainly questionable business.
This just makes me feel like fox is still a lifetime away from getting their act together. Fox's own Marvel consultant pulls the director out of their Marvel movie this late in pre production for his own project, whether this works out or not (I still hope it does) it's certainly questionable business.
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5:43PM on 10/25/2012
NOOOOOO! What a dissapointment! I guess I'd be ok with Singer over what potential placement fox comes up with. And I read the first issue of secret service, strongly disliked it, didnt find the story nor the characters interesting. I find Millar a tad over rated.
NOOOOOO! What a dissapointment! I guess I'd be ok with Singer over what potential placement fox comes up with. And I read the first issue of secret service, strongly disliked it, didnt find the story nor the characters interesting. I find Millar a tad over rated.
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5:52PM on 10/25/2012
This sucks! Don't get me wrong, I really like Bryan Singer too, and if he steps in I think that it will be the only way to salvage the situation, but still, losing Vaughn is terrible news. Hopefully the next thing he'll direct will be awesome, too.
This sucks! Don't get me wrong, I really like Bryan Singer too, and if he steps in I think that it will be the only way to salvage the situation, but still, losing Vaughn is terrible news. Hopefully the next thing he'll direct will be awesome, too.
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6:11PM on 10/25/2012

SHIT...

This is the first movie news in awhile where I read it and exclaimed out loud "What the fuck?!?"... this sucks man, First Class was, I felt, by far the best X-Men movie we've had and I had really high hopes for Vaughn's follow up... X-Men was meh and X2 was pretty good, but they just arent the same kind of movie we got from Vaughn... Very dissappointed by this news
This is the first movie news in awhile where I read it and exclaimed out loud "What the fuck?!?"... this sucks man, First Class was, I felt, by far the best X-Men movie we've had and I had really high hopes for Vaughn's follow up... X-Men was meh and X2 was pretty good, but they just arent the same kind of movie we got from Vaughn... Very dissappointed by this news
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6:11PM on 10/25/2012
Vaughn and Singer have both made great X-Men films, so I'm happy with either. Honestly, I'm curious about how much of this movie is an actual "sequel" to first class. It seems like you could make it and not rely too much on First Class, so maybe that is why Vaughn is leaving.
Vaughn and Singer have both made great X-Men films, so I'm happy with either. Honestly, I'm curious about how much of this movie is an actual "sequel" to first class. It seems like you could make it and not rely too much on First Class, so maybe that is why Vaughn is leaving.
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6:34PM on 10/25/2012

FUCK!

They'll probably get that ass hat Ratner or Wiseman to direct it.
They'll probably get that ass hat Ratner or Wiseman to direct it.
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6:44PM on 10/25/2012
How does Mathew Vaughn keep getting work. He's very talented, but I've never seen a more flakey director. He drops out of movies last minute all the time, much like he did with X3, and that little stunt cost the xmen franchise dearly. I like his movies, but his work ethic annoys me.
How does Mathew Vaughn keep getting work. He's very talented, but I've never seen a more flakey director. He drops out of movies last minute all the time, much like he did with X3, and that little stunt cost the xmen franchise dearly. I like his movies, but his work ethic annoys me.
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7:11PM on 10/25/2012

WHAT THE FUCK!!!!!!

fuck fuck fucking fuck!!! Fucking Singer???? fuck!!!! arrrrrrgh! Just give it back to Marvel already. Singer never read a single x-men comic in his pretentious motherfucking life!!!
fuck fuck fucking fuck!!! Fucking Singer???? fuck!!!! arrrrrrgh! Just give it back to Marvel already. Singer never read a single x-men comic in his pretentious motherfucking life!!!
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7:23PM on 10/25/2012

NOT SINGER!!!! HE DESTROYED SUPERMAN FOR YEARS

Lets not pick and choose which movie of Singers is good
lets look at how he directs NOW
1) he made Superman into a stalker
2) he thought Superman should be a romantic themed movie
3) he lets KUMAR knock Superman out
4) Superman never throws 1 punch
i lost all faith in SINGER after Superman Returns.
PLEASE KEEP HIM AWAY FROM SUPERHERO FRANCHISES, HE LOST HIS TOUCH
Lets not pick and choose which movie of Singers is good
lets look at how he directs NOW
1) he made Superman into a stalker
2) he thought Superman should be a romantic themed movie
3) he lets KUMAR knock Superman out
4) Superman never throws 1 punch
i lost all faith in SINGER after Superman Returns.
PLEASE KEEP HIM AWAY FROM SUPERHERO FRANCHISES, HE LOST HIS TOUCH
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7:40PM on 10/25/2012
Im confused to the bitching here about Synger. X2 is incredible and I seem to remember people shitting their pants when Synger left X3 to do Supes. Now he's back and people are pissed? WTF??
Im confused to the bitching here about Synger. X2 is incredible and I seem to remember people shitting their pants when Synger left X3 to do Supes. Now he's back and people are pissed? WTF??
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8:32PM on 10/25/2012
[link] Singer X movies sucked. X2 was a piece of crap - blows me away how many people look past the plot holes and inconsistent bullshit in that movie and think it is a good one. Keep Singer as producer and pay Vaughn whatever it takes!
[link] Singer X movies sucked. X2 was a piece of crap - blows me away how many people look past the plot holes and inconsistent bullshit in that movie and think it is a good one. Keep Singer as producer and pay Vaughn whatever it takes!
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10:55PM on 10/25/2012
I agree. X2 is so overated. any true comic book fan can give you 10 things wrong with the film just off the top of their top.
I agree. X2 is so overated. any true comic book fan can give you 10 things wrong with the film just off the top of their top.
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8:44PM on 10/25/2012

Noooo!

I have nothing against Singer but Matthew Vaughn made the best X-Men movie. Ha made Kick-Ass my ultimate guilty pleasure! Both movies were great beacuse of Matthew's own style. Now I am told that he will direct none of the sequels? Sad news. Sad sad news.
I have nothing against Singer but Matthew Vaughn made the best X-Men movie. Ha made Kick-Ass my ultimate guilty pleasure! Both movies were great beacuse of Matthew's own style. Now I am told that he will direct none of the sequels? Sad news. Sad sad news.
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10:53PM on 10/25/2012
hahahaah, FOX trolls us again. Fuck Fox and their stupidity. I'm officially waiting for the DVD. Superman Returns was a piece of shit and now this will be as well. Give us back FireFly or get the fuck out of the business Fox.
hahahaah, FOX trolls us again. Fuck Fox and their stupidity. I'm officially waiting for the DVD. Superman Returns was a piece of shit and now this will be as well. Give us back FireFly or get the fuck out of the business Fox.
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10:55PM on 10/25/2012
hahahaah, FOX trolls us again. Fuck Fox and their stupidity. I'm officially waiting for the DVD. Superman Returns was a piece of shit and now this will be as well. Give us back FireFly or get the fuck out of the business Fox.
hahahaah, FOX trolls us again. Fuck Fox and their stupidity. I'm officially waiting for the DVD. Superman Returns was a piece of shit and now this will be as well. Give us back FireFly or get the fuck out of the business Fox.
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4:40AM on 10/26/2012
What is with this guy and bailing on X-MEN movies just about to go into production?
What is with this guy and bailing on X-MEN movies just about to go into production?
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7:55AM on 10/26/2012
Why are people bitching about Singer? X2 was awesome. The raid on the school scene might be, or probably is, the best scene in the entire franchise. There are only a few things I could think to nitpick, and likewise for First Class. My two favorite X films. I'd give the edge to First Class, I think, although I still can't get my head around Mystique in that film..
Why are people bitching about Singer? X2 was awesome. The raid on the school scene might be, or probably is, the best scene in the entire franchise. There are only a few things I could think to nitpick, and likewise for First Class. My two favorite X films. I'd give the edge to First Class, I think, although I still can't get my head around Mystique in that film..
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2:02PM on 10/26/2012
because he's a comic book hack.
because he's a comic book hack.
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2:26PM on 10/26/2012
If Singer doesn't want to step in then they shouldn't make this, period. But of course this is FOX, they rob an old woman to get a quick payday, which is what any X men movie is.
If Singer doesn't want to step in then they shouldn't make this, period. But of course this is FOX, they rob an old woman to get a quick payday, which is what any X men movie is.
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1:12AM on 10/27/2012
I don't think they should go back to Singer. While his work in the first two X-Men films were good, he never was able to really let the source material really fly on the big screen. He kept things a little too grounded/restrained for that kind of property, it worked in the first film for absolutely all the right reasons, but when it continued into the second film I realized that this was his preferred tone for these films, which I did not agree with. In the 3 comic adaptations he's directed it
I don't think they should go back to Singer. While his work in the first two X-Men films were good, he never was able to really let the source material really fly on the big screen. He kept things a little too grounded/restrained for that kind of property, it worked in the first film for absolutely all the right reasons, but when it continued into the second film I realized that this was his preferred tone for these films, which I did not agree with. In the 3 comic adaptations he's directed it always feels to me that he's being restrained in some way.

I liked First Class because it was grander and had a more fun, creative, inspiring freedom to it. The humor the time period, the story, the scale and the source material just complimented each other so well and really made me feel like this arm of he franchise would get the freedom to touch more closely the fun absurdity and melodrama of the series then the Singer films, with the added fun of painting it within the context of specific American time periods.

And now with this material that goes waaaaaaay more into the craziness that is the X-Men universe he's the best choice to go all "full tilt boogie" with it? I have reservations.
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2:02PM on 10/28/2012

Ugh...

Well, here we go with black leather generic outfits again...
Well, here we go with black leather generic outfits again...
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