In an ironic twist of events nearly seven years ago, it seems that Bryan Singer is stepping in to replace Matthew Vaughn as the director of the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. Back in 2005, it was Vaughn who was taking over for Singer to direct X-Men: The Last Stand until Vaughn passed at the 11th hour and Brett Ratner took over. And we all know how well that turned out.
To bring you up to speed, it was announced that Vaughn had stepped down as director to the sequel of X-Men: First Class last week. Fox has this show on a pretty tight schedule, and developments seemed to be occurring fast and furiously. Vaughn’s departure might have gummed up that progress, but if Singer’s swinging in to save the day the film looks to stay on track for its July 18, 2014 release date.
So is this good news? I can’t see why not?
First off, Singer directed what is arguable the best X-Men movie, X2: X-Men United. Second, he’s remained very involved in the franchise having produced First Class and was, at one point, actually contemplated directing it. Thirdly, odds are good that with Jack the Giant Slayer coming out March 1, 2013, Singer’s got some time to fill, and maybe he’s ready to return to the X-Universe for real.
In the meantime, Vaughn is in negotiations to remain on with Days, but in a producing capacity.
More news as it develops.