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In a shocking turn of events in the world of cinematic mutants, Matthew Vaughn, who helmed “X-Men: First Class” to critical and audience acclaim (along with decent numbers at the box office) last year, and who was, we assume, super enthused about returning for the sequel, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, has now decided he’d rather be doing something else with his time instead.
That leaves the “First Class” sequel without a director, though reports have Fox hoping that the film’s producer, Bryan Singer (who previously directed the first two “X-Men” films, so it’s not like he doesn’t have experience with mutants) would take his place. The sequel is already set for a July 18, 2014 release date, and the main castmembers — James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence — are already signed and waiting to reprise their characters from the first movie.
There’s no word on why Vaughn, who has been working on and talking up the sequel (he also wrote the treatment for the movie that Simon Kinberg wrote his script off) decided to skip directing. Instead, Vaughn is expected to just produce the sequel, while plying his directing duties on “The Secret Service”, the spy drama that he collaborated on with Mark Millar as a comic book, with the idea always being to turn it into a movie.
Bryan Singer, meanwhile, is coming off the “Mockingbird Lane” pilot for NBC and producer Bryan Fuller as well as the fantasy action-adventure “Jack the Giant Killer”, since retitled “Jack the Giant Slayer” for whatever reason.
Via : Deadline