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Matthew Vaughn Out as X-Men: Days of Future Past Director

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Just when it looked like 20th Century Fox’s Marvel Comics-based films were coming together, they suffer a setback. Yesterday, Matthew Vaughn, director of 2011’s X-Men: First Class, announced that has vacated the X-Men: Days of Future Past director's seat. He will remain on as a producer.

Vaughn stepped away from his previous X-film briefly before ultimately changing his mind. It seems as though he’ll be sticking to his guns this time. Fox currently has a list of potential replacements; at the top of it, according to Deadline, is Bryan Singer, the man responsible for the X-Men 1 & 2.

Singer stepped away from the X-films after the second film to direct the undeservedly panned Superman Returns (it wasn’t THAT bad, people). Brett Ratner, much to the chagrin of the almost the entire movie-going public, was placed in his stead for X-3: The Last Stand. I think we all know how that turned out for everyone. Singer returned to the X-films with Vaughn’s First Class; for it, he wrote the treatment and served as a co-producer.

The X-Men: Days of Future Past film will follow the 1981 story arc from Chris Claremont and John Byrne (See Uncanny X-Men #141, #142). In it, a version of Kitty Pryde living in a dystopian future where the US is ruled by Sentinels and mutants are imprisoned in internment camps sends her mind back in time to her younger self to prevent things from going south. All signs point to them merging both the old films and the new with this one, so Singer is definitely an ideal candidate.

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