Matthew Vaughn’s sudden departure from X-Men: Days of Future Past prompted a lot of speculations, especially since representatives from either side declined to provide clarification or details, only citing that the parties parted on good terms, but Fox’s Marvel consultant, Mark Millar, has broken the silence and provided an explanation:
“What we’re doing is that Kick-Ass 2 is filming now, and next year we’ll start production on Secret Service which I did with Dave Gibbons,” says Millar. “Matthew and I have been talking about that for years.
“We thought Matthew was going to do X-Men first, but we found out there were actually a few imitators of Secret Service in the works… People are always trying to rip you off. Somebody will start to work on a spec screenplay about your idea.”
“There are three other projects I know of now about a James Bond kind of guy taking a street kid and turning him into a spy. Three screenplays were already going through Hollywood about this! So Matthew and I said, ‘Fuck this. We’re not letting anyone steal our ideas.’”