Matthew Vaughn is NOT directing X-Men: Days of Future Past after all; Bryan Singer set to replace Vaughn?

This sucks. What the hell? Noooo…

Those are probably some of the thoughts that are going through your head after reading the title to this article. With Fox hiring Mark Millar as their Marvel universe “godfather”, hiring Chronicle director Josh Trank for the Fantastic Four reboot, things seem to be apparent that Fox is TRYING to make up for X-Men 3/Origins, and maybe, MAYBE create good Marvel movies on the same level as Marvel Studios.

Well scratch all that.

Deadline is reporting that Matthew Vaughn, director of the acclaimed X-Men: First Class, is dropping out due to undisclosed circumstances. With its July 18th, 2014 release date unchanged, Deadline is speculating that the studio is now looking to First Class producer, Bryan Singer, to replace Matthew Vaughn in the director’s chair. Matthew Vaughn is still set to produce.

Fox hasn’t been known to appease to comic fans, and I bet you a list of the worst comic book movies of all time will include X-Men 3, X-Men Origins, Daredevil, and Elektra. All five of them are Fox films. So this recent trend of directors bowing out (Rupert Wyatt recently left the Apes sequel) isn’t exactly inspiring confidence to us geeks to watch any more Fox created Marvel movies.

In all fairness to Fox, this isn’t the first time that he has done this. Vaughn was actually the first director to come in and direct X-Men: The Last Stand, until he dropped out last minute due to creative differences with the studio. This forced the studio to look to Brett Ratner to step in last minute and create an X-Men movie that a very select few liked. When Vaughn returned to do X-Men: First Class, it was seen as a second chance, but a insanely short production schedule resulted in a film that wasn’t as great as it could’ve been, given proper time. When Vaughn opted to return for this sequel, he was given a proper production timeline, but now he has dropped out again.

Things are getting crazy over at Fox, let’s hope (or not) that they get their act together.

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