Matthew Vaughn decides not to direct 'X-Men: First Class' sequel

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Posted by k4tzm4n (40051 posts) - - Show Bio

Mixed news for the future of the X-Men film franchise. According to Deadline, Matthew Vaughn, who directed X-Men Origins: First Class, has opted to not direct the follow-up. However, he will stick around to produce.

So who does Fox apparently want to take the director's place? None other than Bryan Singer, the director of X-Men, X2 and producer of X-Men: Days of Future Past is supposedly at the top of their list.

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Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy are all set to return for the sequel. Meanwhile, Deadline then claims that Vaughn will focus on another comic book movie for Fox -- Mark Millar'sSecret Service.

What say you, Viners? Would you rather have Vaughn or Singer direct the upcoming comic book movie? X-Men: Days of Future Past currently has a release date of July 18th, 2014.

Source: Deadline

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#1 Posted by TheCheeseStabber (8211 posts) - - Show Bio

Boo/Yay Wish he could do both :[

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#2 Posted by CRTrobinson (276 posts) - - Show Bio

ugh two bad hits to marvel properties today. Fox sucks.

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#3 Posted by pulseangel666 (347 posts) - - Show Bio

Don't know about this, it could ruin a great movie and possible new series of film

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#4 Posted by Scott757 (63 posts) - - Show Bio

lol thats funny because Singer was supposed to direct First Class, but chose to produce because he decided to direct Jack the Giant Killer instead.

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#5 Posted by mk111 (3148 posts) - - Show Bio

Thats too bad, buuuut I did really like X2, so this film could still be good.

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#6 Posted by BlueLantern1995 (3237 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't know how to react to this, it could be either the best thing or the worst thing that ever happened to the series...we'll have to wait and see.

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#7 Posted by spidermonkey2099 (641 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't know if this is good, bad, or just plain ugly.

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#8 Posted by Doctor!!!!! (2135 posts) - - Show Bio


Dammit Fox! They should at least team up with Marvel or something... Oh GOD! PLEASE DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT Bret Ranter!

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#9 Posted by Chaos Burn (1898 posts) - - Show Bio

This is great news, Bryan Singer's films were the best

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#10 Edited by CircularLogic (320 posts) - - Show Bio

I feel this means they will use the time travel part of this story to rewrite continuity to make all 6 films fit together, especially if Singer is back on.

5$ says this trip through time gives Deadpool his mouth back.

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#11 Posted by JamDamage (1195 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd rather have Vaughn then Singer.

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#12 Posted by Scarlet_Rogue (190 posts) - - Show Bio

@spidermonkey2099: I think it's a little of all three.

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#13 Posted by guttridgeb (4881 posts) - - Show Bio

I reckon they should scrap all these plans and work with Marvel in the MCU. Its mutually beneficial and we fans might finally be appeased ;)

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#14 Posted by LordRequiem (1354 posts) - - Show Bio

X2 was mediocre, And absolute rubbish in comparison to First Class. Didn't singer write X-men 3. I can see no good coming from this.

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#15 Posted by johnkmccubbin91 (3897 posts) - - Show Bio

He was always going to put Secret Service ahead of X-Men Days of Future Past as he's co-plotting it. If they get Singer it could be alright as he did a good job on the first two films.

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#16 Posted by Crash_Recovery (855 posts) - - Show Bio

@LordRequiem: X2 is the second best X-Film next to First Class. It may be mediocre now, but when it came out, it was one of the best comic films to date.

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#17 Posted by BushidoBlack (117 posts) - - Show Bio

Fine with me. X2 is still the best X-Men film. As long as we don't get another Superman Returns, I'm good.

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#18 Posted by spidermonkey2099 (641 posts) - - Show Bio

@Scarlet_Rogue: You're probably right...

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#19 Posted by cattlebattle (15717 posts) - - Show Bio
@LordRequiem said:

 Didn't singer write X-men 3.

Nope, actually one of the guys who co wrote Avengers wrote X-Men 3...certain ideas from the script Singer and his crew came up with were the Dark Phoenix and San Francisco being a battle ground. Some of Singers ideas for X3  were also used in First Class.
Singer made the best X-Men film....and also created the "practical, realsistic" atmosphere nearly every comic film adapts these there is no better man for the job honestly. Matt Vaughn is a great director though.
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#20 Posted by Omega Ray Jay (8418 posts) - - Show Bio

This is very interesting, hope Singer comes back.

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#21 Posted by StMichalofWilson (5516 posts) - - Show Bio

Bryan Singer or George Miller. I think they can make it work

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#22 Posted by Smurfboy (480 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh no. :( Vaughn is awesome director for First Class. Singer is okay in my book. Let's hope he step it up and do a lot better this time.

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#23 Posted by Jean_Luc_LeBeau (82985 posts) - - Show Bio

@JamDamage said:

I'd rather have Vaughn then Singer.

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#24 Posted by the_tree (8608 posts) - - Show Bio

My level of interest for this movie is now at zero.

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#25 Posted by TheCrowbar (4397 posts) - - Show Bio

What was the plot to X2?

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#26 Posted by hunter5024 (130 posts) - - Show Bio

I think the first two xmen movies are good and great respectively, in fact I think the second was better than first class, so with all that the industry has learned about superhero movies in the time since X2 I'm pretty optimistic that Singer could make a good film. However it's still disappointing to lose Vaughn, he's an awesome director.

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#27 Posted by RedQueen (1199 posts) - - Show Bio

It's disappointing news, got to admit. As long as Brett Ratner stays well away.....

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#28 Posted by Inverno (13756 posts) - - Show Bio

It seems like they shot themselves in the foot.

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#29 Posted by CitizenJP (780 posts) - - Show Bio

Super bummer. ;/

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#30 Posted by Mr_Athrilla (83 posts) - - Show Bio

Absolutely not. Singer has butchered every x-man character I ever loved. Iceman, Rogue, Storm, and Cyclops were all unlikeable shells of there comic book counterparts, all because they wanted wolverine to be popular by comparison. Seeing someone like Cyclops who is normally a strong tactical leader get reduced to a quiet one note character really made me mad.

Speaking of which, they also failed with Wolverine. Im not talking the actor, but the character. One of the best parts about Wolverine is his relationship with other characters. But he had next to no ties with any of the x-men or villains. The love hate rivalry with cyclops was downplayed. As well as the friendship he has with Rogue. Oddly enough he does love Jean, which is weird because in the movie universe Wolverine only spends collectively 48 hours together. and most of that time he was either unconscious or working with a team.

So no to Bryan Singer. He failed with X-men, he failed with Superman. he just shouldn't make anymore superhero movies.

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#31 Posted by geoff2005 (213 posts) - - Show Bio

ill probably wait for DVD for it now

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#32 Posted by DanialCarroll (2539 posts) - - Show Bio

I know I'm in the minority, but I really wasn't a fan of First Class. I absolutely loved the Charles/Eric chemistry, but the rest of the film was average. I'd say X2 is still my favourite X-Men film, so hopefully Singer can channel that if he gets the job.

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#33 Posted by Ama_Sama (101 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm so disappointed he won't be directing, but at least he'll be producing. Some involvement is better than no involvement.

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#34 Posted by sora_thekey (8811 posts) - - Show Bio

Welcome back Bryan Singer!

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#35 Posted by LoganRogue24 (1339 posts) - - Show Bio

i hope singer returns but with are luck it will be brett ratner again.

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#36 Posted by Barubal10 (50 posts) - - Show Bio

Sad, but intriguing

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#37 Posted by AngeTheDude (160 posts) - - Show Bio

Singer is a good director but I'm wary after the snoozefest that was Superman Returns.

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#38 Edited by MexFaletti (12 posts) - - Show Bio

Hmm... i might be some of the few that enjoyed First Class over any other previous X-Men movie. I should be dissapointed, but i prefer to wait and see the outcome of Singer's involvement...

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#39 Edited by Smurfboy (480 posts) - - Show Bio

I wonder if we the fans can scream and yell at FOX for getting a better director? I mean, heck, the TMNT-fans literally screamed like a monster and Micheal Bay actually heard them and replied! I really want for X-Men fans to scream at FOX and tell them to get a better director!

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#40 Posted by ValendianKnight (302 posts) - - Show Bio

Since First Class was by far the best Xmen film to date in my opinion, this doesn't exactly give me confidence that the follow up will be as good....which is sad, I loved First Class.

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#41 Edited by Lokheit (499 posts) - - Show Bio

Just when I though they couldn't do it worse... Bryan Singer... the guy who wanted Sigourney Weaver to play Emma Frost in X3 if he had directed the film...

This smells like complete crap now, please FOX, stop making crap and re-sell those right back to Marvel while you can still do it at a good price...

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#42 Posted by Agent9149 (3576 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't even care anymore. The x-men films have been about fan service and flashy stuff. No substance. No art. I want a Great film that plays tribute to the original supporting themes. Not a good movie that nods to the stuff.

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#43 Posted by StellarDream1 (6 posts) - - Show Bio

Please don't bring back brett ratrashner to make this movie, just to make a quick buck. Matt Vaughn is the best director out if the x-men films by far, too bad he left, they should bring a new face to direct the sequel. i would say Tim Bekmambetov the director of Wanted 2008 film, or a director thats not too hollywood like ratner

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#44 Posted by modunhanul (449 posts) - - Show Bio

Wishful thinking, Vaughn directs one of the DC Comics characters.

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#45 Posted by nerfherderIV (16 posts) - - Show Bio

Vaughn did fantastic but Singer is better than Ratner or Gavin Hood.

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#46 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6958 posts) - - Show Bio

Well I guess that's Fox's way of saying that they want the First Class line of movies to be over with now, isn't it? :/

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#47 Posted by daltonmunnal (181 posts) - - Show Bio

What's with all the disrespect for Singer here? His X-Men (along with the first Spider-Man) practically invented the modern comic book movie. Not too mention he worked on First Class which most people, myself included thought was great. Singer on Days of Future Past? Awesome news. Secret Service movie? Awesome news.

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#48 Posted by scuzz2.0 (361 posts) - - Show Bio

I could honestly cry, i thought Fox was finally getting there $#it together. this had the potential of being the best series ever and now it's over.

The only reason i liked X2 was because my expectations were so low after the huge disappointment of X-Men. The singer films were barely based on the comics. The only way i could be more upset right now is if they announced Brett Rattner.

I would love to know what really happened, if fox were getting to involved or were trying to force him to compromise. Maybe Vaughn is just unreliable, I mean this is the 3rd time he left a marvel film.

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#49 Posted by YMCMB (161 posts) - - Show Bio

:( ... I did like X2 a lot though.

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#50 Posted by RoastedRay (47 posts) - - Show Bio

I wish I could say I was surprised but i can't. It would seem they want to screw up X-Men anyway they can.

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