Matthew Vaughn Was “Meh” On DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
Fox’s X-Men franchise has taken fans on a bit of a roller coaster ride through the years. In 2000, when the first film released, X-Fans and comic book fans in general were just stoked to see that more comic book characters were being explored, so its faults were noticed, but soon dismissed. Then came Bryan Singer’s second film and arguably one of the better comic book movie’s we’ve seen, X2: X-Men United. The film had some stunning action scenes, a powerful story and a closing sequence that mad every X-Men fan giggling like a little girl at a princess party. That’s when things went south- and fast. Brett Ratner took over the filming and gave us and craptacular film in X-Men: The Last Stand. Shortly thereafter, X-Men Origins: Wolverine hit and made things even worse. Fans had lost all faith in Fox and their take on the mutants. Along came Matthew Vaughn and his prequel X-Men: First Class, where a classy, beautiful film was made. Sure it messed the timelines up even more, but at least it was put together well. Fans were quite excited to see what he’d do next and it was announced that Days of Future Past was headed our way. But then, Vaughn dropped out and Singer was brought back in to take on the project.
So what was it that made Vaughn back out of the film? Was it another film project? Did he hate the script? Was it too time consuming? In the same issue of Empire (via Comic Book) that revealed all of those magazine covers, Matthew Vaughn discusses why he stepped away and to put it simply, the idea didn’t do much for him.
“It didn’t excite me enough,” Vaughn said. “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. The script was great for X-Men, but I had Secret Service in my head,” Vaughn added. “And this has always been [director Bryan Singer's] machine. It’s come full circle.”
Shortly after Vaughn dropped Days of Future Past, it was announced by Mark Millar, who serves as Fox’s film “godfather” (for lack of better words), that the director would be taking the reins on his Secret Service project, and as you can see from his quote, he’d already moved on to the project in his mind.
Fans have had mixed reactions to Singer returning, but despite his sometimes questionable decisions, he certainly has a passion for the X-Men world and enjoys working with the studio and cast. So much so that he is currently working out a deal to helm the Days of Future Past and First Class follow-up X-Men: Apocalypse, which is slated for a 2016 release.
So, fans, what are your thoughts? Would you rather have had Vaughn stay on to direct or are you happy to see the return of Singer? You can check out Days of Future Past when it releases in May of this year.