It’s not hard to get a reputation in Hollywood. All you have to do is become known for doing the same thing over and over again. Like, say, agreeing to direct X-Men: The Last Stand then walking away and leaving the producers to scramble to find a replacement. Or, be in talks to do Thor, then back out and leave the producers scrambling for a replacement. Or, agreeing to direct X-Men: Days of Future Past then back out and leave producers scrambling for a replacement.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present you with Matthew Vaughn, the director who changes his mind about directing superhero movies.
Deadline is reporting that Vaughn has decided to back away from directing the sequel to 2011 X-Men: First Class. He will be staying on board as a producer and he did write the treatment for the film.
He will be keeping number of comic book adaptations he has done even with the ones he had passed on, as he is trading Days of Future Past in for an adaptation of his friend Mark Millar’s Secret Service comic book. Millar, if you recall correctly, was hired by Fox, the studio home to both Days of Future Past and Secret Service, to act as a consultant on Fox’s Marvel films to make the whole process run smoother. Glad to see that is working out so well.
This change of heart puts Fox into a bit of a bind, as it has given a firm July 18, 2014 release date for Days of Future Past. Deadline believes any problems caused by this will be mitigated by having the film’s producer, Bryan Singer, return to directing the X-Men franchise by taking over the reigns of the sequel.
The situation, as they say, is developing.