Fox exec reveals why Matthew Vaughn REALLY left that X-Men sequel

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Jul 4, 2015, 11:57 AM EDT

After Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass) dropped out of X-Men Days of Future Past, the big rumor was that he was clearing his schedule to direct Star Wars: Episode VII. Not so, says Fox consultant Mark Millar. So why did he drop out of the X-Men sequel?

Apparently, Vaughn opted to fast-track his big-screen adaptation of Millar's Secret Service comic, which plays like a mix of James Bond and Wanted.

The decision was made after similar projects started ramping up at rival studios, and Millar and Vaughn were worried a copycat could open before their film.

Millar told Comic Book Resources:

"We thought Matthew was going to do X-Men first, but we found out there were actually a few imitators of Secret Service in the works.

People are always trying to rip you off. Somebody will start to work on a spec screenplay about your idea. There are three other projects I know of now about a James Bond kind of guy taking a street kid and turning him into a spy.

Three screenplays were already going through Hollywood about this! So Matthew and I said, 'F**k this. We're not letting anyone steal our ideas'."

So, put the rumors to rest on Star Wars VII (for now). Who knows, maybe Colin Trevorrow really is the front-runner?

(Via Comic Book Resources)