Matthew Vaughn Explains Why He's Not Directing 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 08:49 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Matthew Vaughn Explains Why He's Not Directing 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

We've got enough X-Men: Days of Future Past news to fill the Blackbird today.

Among the bits of promotional sweetness today are one behind the scenes image featuring Nicholas Hoult, as well as four baseball card-style pictures of James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, and Daniel Cudmore.

More intriguingly, though, director Matthew Vaughn is speaking publicly for the first time about his reasons for opting out of returning to direct the prequel-sequel.

Before Vaughn's X-Men: First Class hit in the summer of 2011, the X-franchise appeared to be on its last legs creatively.  Though the sixties-set adventure ranks as the lowest-grossing movie with X-Men in the title, First Class brought a new energy and a more colorful style that rejuvenated the series.  Around the time Vaughn finally crossed the finish line on a breakneck schedule to get the film in theaters, the director and co-writer was enthusiastically talking about ideas for the next installment.

After taking X-Men: Days of Future Past quite a ways through development, Vaughn exited the project without explanation.  Now he's explaining to Empire just why he didn't want to oversee the mega-mutant-gathering.

“It didn’t excite me enough," he says. "The thing that was exciting about it was bringing all these actors together. What a cast! But I’ve worked with great actors and I just thought, ‘I’ve got to do my own thing.’”

His departure opened the door for X-Men and X2 Bryan Singer's return to the director's chair after receiving a producing and story by credit on First Class.  Vaughn, meanwhile, moved on to adapt Kick-Ass originator Mark Millar's espionage story The Secret Service

Vaugh explains, “The script was great for X-Men, but I had Secret Service in my head. And this has always been Bryan’s machine. It’s come full circle.”

As a director, Vaughn has zigged away from a number of Marvel projects he was zagging on.  First it was actually X-Men: The Last Stand, then it was Thor, both of which he did some serious work on before ultimately opting out.  So it's probably best not to read too much into the fact that X-Men: Days of Future Past isn't a Matthew Vaughn film.

But it is a Bryan Singer film, and the prolific tweeter has shared another behind the scenes photo, this one showing Hoult's Hank McCoy surrounded by what Singer calls "1973 TIVO."


That's not all.  Last week, 20th Century Fox unveiled a pair of promo images featuring Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen, both playing Magneto.  Those pictures have company now, as Professor Charles Xavier, Storm, and Colossus all have their own images done in the same style.

Take a gander:

X-Men: Days of Future Past arrives in theaters on May 23rd.  Assuming it's successful, it will be followed by X-Men: Apocalypse in the summer of 2016.  Singer's returning to direct his fourth X-movie on that one, which he says will focus on the First Class versions of these characters.

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