Director Matthew Vaughn has decided, very late in the development process, to step down as the director of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sequel to his successfully (and unexpectedly acclaimed) prequel X-Men: First Class. These things happen, certainly, but fans of the franchise – many of whom, like us, feel that Vaughn's take on Marvel's popular mutants was what we really wanted all along – are likely to be disappointed by Vaughn's decision to leave the new movie, expected to adapt the classic comic book storyline about mutants from the future going back in time to prevent a disaster that leads to their entire species being hunted by deadly Sentinels, without a filmmaker this late in the game. The last time an X-Men movie needed a last-minute director, Brett Ratner wound up directing X-Men: The Last Stand, and we all know how well that turned out.
Deadline reports that Vaughn has dropped out of the superhero sequel to focus on The Secret Service, an espionage thriller based on a comic book series that, in the first issue at least, involves a plot to kidnap Star Wars actor Mark Hamill. The report indicates that Fox has a short list to replace Vaughn in the director's chair, and that Bryan Singer – the director of X-Men and X2: X-Men United and the producer of X-Men: First Class – is sitting right at the top of it. If he signs up, it would be Singer's first superhero movie since 2006's Superman Returns, and we all know how well that turned out. But admittedly he has an excellent track record with X-Men movies.
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