In one of the more shocking comic book movie news these past few weeks, Matthew Vaughn has just dropped out of directing X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is the sequel to his critically acclaimed series reboot, X-Men: First Class.
While there was no reason given for Vaughn’s departure, it doesn’t look like there’s bad blood involved, as he is still attached to the project as a producer. It is also similar to his involvement on Kick-Ass 2, which he declined to direct as well. Since X-Men: Days of Future Past is gunning for an early 2014 release, Fox is not wasting any time in looking for a replacement.
As for Vaughn’s replacement, Deadline reports that the current man at the top of the list is Bryan Singer, who was the director of the first two X-Men films, who bowed out of the third in order to focus on Superman Returns.