X-Men: First Class sequel without Vaughn?
Back in August we heard about the story for the new X-Men film to follow X-Men: First Class and then we thought that Matthew Vaughn would be in the directing chair, well now we hear that he won't be directing X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
Yes it is a silly title, a really silly title, but then so was First Class if you ask me, cheese laden galore. However the big news is that Vaughn is apparently off the project and the studio are looking back to a previous director from the franchise.
Oh you could have been getting worried there but I won't mention the name, no instead I'll tell you that the word is the studio are considering a certain Bryan Singer to direct the film.
According to the Deadline story there's no real reason given why Matthew Vaughn has decided to leave the project but we have to remember that he is very choosy, and rightfully so, with his projects, and that this very same thing happened with X-Men: First Class. Of course he also came back to X-Men: First Class and this does seem to be happening a lot more with the studio, they're being very selective with director selection themselves and we've seen changes a number of times and on a number of films of late.
Vaughn wrote the treatment for X-Men: Days of Future Past which Simon Kinberg wrote the script for. The word is that the shortlist of replacement directors has Bryan Singer on it, of course we don't know how long the list is, where Singer is on it, and if he's just there as "we'll ask him because it would be great if he would do it but we know he won't" option.
I wouldn't be too concerned if he doesn't though, the series was restarted in this way for a reason and I don't believe the studio or the producers are going to make the mistakes of the past with this series, they've seen where they can go with it and what it can return for them and there's still a strong audience for the series, an audience that I don't think will turn away if a new director comes along even if it isn't Singer.
Last we heard the plot was going to follow that of the blurb for the comic book plot from Wikipedia which read:
The storyline alternates between present day, in which the X-Men fight Mystique's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline caused by the X-Men's failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In this future universe, Sentinels rule the United States, and mutants live in internment camps. The present-day X-Men are forewarned of the possible future by a future version of their teammate Kitty Pryde, whose mind traveled back in time and possessed her younger self to warn the X-Men. She succeeds in her mission and returns to the future, but despite her success, the future timeline still exists as an alternative timeline rather than as the actual future.
Singer did say that the film would cover some of the plot points of the comic book but would also have a lot of new to it and that the idea was to expand the X-Men universe out from what we've seen so far. Sounds like it will need a strong and experienced director.