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In one of the more shocking pieces of news this week, Matthew Vaughn has decided to abdicate directing duties on Marvel's 'X-Men: Days of Future Past.' The 'Kick-Ass' director helmed 2011's 'X-Men: First Class,' and this sequel was slated to begin production in the spring of 2013. Evidently, Vaughn has instead decided to direct the film adaptation of Mark Millar's 'Secret Service,' a comic he actually co-created. As Fox scrambles now to find a replacement for Vaughn, the name that is apparently at the top of their list is Bryan Singer, the man who directed the first two films in the X-Men franchise. There would actually be a trade-off in roles here as Singer, who directed 'X-Men' and 'X-Men 2' and produced the other films in the franchise, would go back to directing while Vaughn remained on 'Days of Future Past' as a producer.
I am incredibly disappointed by this bit of news. I was a big fan of 'X-Men: First Class,' and I was really looking forward to seeing what Vaughn did with the next film in this newly established origin storyline. On a creative level, I understand Vaughn's decision, though I'm not sure it's the right one for his career. And while I'd admire this choice on that level, it does seem like he sort of unceremoniously ditched 'Days of Future Past' just as it was getting rolling. I think Bryan Singer is a good choice in so much as it will make fans happy, but one of the things I liked about 'X-Men: First Class' is how it was a novel break from the X-Men films we had already seen. I'm obviously not trying to disparage Singer, his films were excellent, but the new approach and visual signature of 'X-Men: First Class' kept the franchise fresh. Still, given that 'Days of Future Past' will combine elements of 'First Class' and the more contemporary timeline Singer established, this could be a suitable shift.
What do you guys think? Disappointed Vaughn is departing? Excited for the return of Singer?