It turns out that Matthew Vaughn did not drop out of directing Twentieth Century Fox’s X-Men: First Class to take on Star Wars: Episode 7 as was being speculated Monday. Instead he will working on an adaptation of writer Mark Millar’s comic The Secret Service as had been previously reported. Millar confirmed that Vaughn’s sudden departure from First Class was to work on his film and not to move over to the recently announced Star Wars sequel. Millar explained the haste for Vaughn’s departure to Comic Book Resources –
We thought Matthew was going to do X-Men first, but we found out there were actually a few imitators of ‘Secret Service’ in the works. People think you’re lying when you say you’re not trying to get your comics made into movies so quickly, but the two reasons it happens like that is first because it’s the best ad for the comic you’ll ever have. And for me, selling the book is the most important thing. The second reason is because people are always trying to rip you off. Somebody will start to work on a spec screenplay about your idea. There are three other projects I know of now about a James Bond kind of guy taking a street kid and turning him into a spy. Three screenplays were already going through Hollywood about this! So Matthew and I said, ‘Fuck this. We’re not letting anyone steal our ideas.’
So how takes Vaughn’s place in the rumored director spot? How about Colin Trevorrow, the director of the recent low budget, indie time travel film Safety Not Guaranteed.
Celebuzz is reporting that Trevorrow met with folks at Lucasfilm several months back about the job. The site’s unnamed source had no information on what may have been discussed at the meeting, but that the director’s name is now on the short list of possibilities for helming the next Star Wars film. His name joins the list of other rumored directors under consideration for the film which include the likes of Steven Spielberg, Neill Blomkamp, Alfonso Cuarón, Darren Aronofsky, and Joss Whedon. Not bad company to be in.