First Class sequel loses Vaughn (but OMG, look who might direct!)

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Dec 17, 2012

X-Men: Days of Future Past has been dealt a rough hand. The sequel to last year's X-Men: First Class has lost its director. Matthew Vaughn was expected to return for the follow-up, but has since dropped out.

Vaughn will stick around as producer, while someone new takes the director's chair. Fox already has a shortlist of replacements, with Bryan Singer as the frontrunner. Singer previously directed X-Men (2000) and X2 (2003), before dropping out of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), which was directed by Brett Ratner.

Fox has a script for Days of Future Past and has confirmed most of the cast to return. Right now, the film's release is scheduled for July 18, 2014. The studio can still make the date if they replace Vaughn quickly.

At this point, Singer seems like the best option. It's been almost 10 years since he's directed an X-Men film. But he's remained close to the franchise. He knows the story and the stars and has a solid relationship with the studio.

What do you think? Should Singer step back into the director's chair?

(via Deadline)