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We have been counting down the days for the X-Men: First Class follow-up, Days of Future Past to hit theaters come July 2014, but with news that the film has lost its director, will we have to wait even longer for a new X-Men film?
Sure, we can look forward to seeing our favorite mutant Wolverine on the big screen next summer, but the possibility of seeing the First Class and original X-Men cast uniting in one movie has us on a whole other level of geek excitement. But with Deadline reporting that director Matthew Vaughn has decided to no longer helm the sequel and only three short months before production is set to begin, will the film end up getting pushed to 2015?
Considering a 2015 release would put the film up against The Avengers sequel and possibly even a Justice League movie, we're guessing the folks at Fox won't want to see that happen. Reports are circulating that Bryan Singer, who directed the first two X-Men films and has remained a producer on all subsequent releases will step in to take over with Vaughn remaining on as producer, basically having them flip roles. Considering Singer has been involved with the sequel since the beginning and he's already very familiar with the X-Men universe, this would most likely be the easiest solution and help the production stay on track for a January 2013 start date...or at least close to it. Otherwise, they will have to bring on a completely new director, which could push production past the point to make the 2014 summer release.
So why did Vaughn exit the project? The notoriously picky director is reportedly planning to instead direct Secret Service, an adaptation of Mark Millar's comic book. As you know, Vaughn and Millar teamed for 2010's sleeper hit Kick-Ass. Vaughn decided not to return for that film's sequel either, which is currently filming with Jeff Wadlow directing and Vaughn on as producer.
Of course, Vaughn could end up directing the First Class sequel after all. He was originally set to direct X-Men: The Last Stand, but dropped out due to creative differences and even dropped First Class at one point, but then eventually came back on. But if he doesn't return, would you like to see Singer back helming the franchise he helped create or would you like to see new blood take over the series? Give us your thoughts below or hit us up on Twitter @ClevverMovies. I'm Simone Boyce, thanks for watching!