Last week, we learned that X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn would not be returning to direct the sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past, as had been previously expected. While that made for some disappointing news, perhaps the latest update on the project will cheer you up.

Bryan Singer has officially closed his deal to direct the upcoming film, confirming rumors that the First Class producer would swap places with the First Class helmer for Days of Future Past. More details after the jump.

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Bad news on the X-Men front. Matthew Vaughn, the director of X-Men First Class, has decided not to return for the sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past. He’ll still produce the film and Bryan Singer, the film’s producer and director of the first two X-Men movies, might be stepping in to direct in Vaughn’s stead.

The film already has a release date of July 18, 2014. There’s more below. Read More »

Newly anointed 20th Century Fox Marvel guru Mark Millar has had that job for less than a month and in that time he’s already proved his worth in quotes. As is usually with the boisterous comic book creator, he’s had no problem talking about the three main Marvel properties currently in different stages of development at Fox: The Wolverine directed by James Mangold, Fantastic Four directed by Josh Trank and X-Men: Days of Future Past, directed by Matthew Vaughn. And while the first film is already shooting and the second is still a ways off, the sequel to X-Men: First Class should be the next one to go into production.

Millar spoke to SFX Magazine about the film and called it “X-Men” meets “The Terminator,” confirming that it has robots in it. Can you say Sentinels? Also, another Marvel property in development at Fox, Deadpool, gets a brief update from its director, Tim Miller. Read about all of this after the jump. Read More »

Is Matthew Vaughn moving back away from four-color properties? Once Guy Ritchie’s producer, Vaughn debuted as a director with Layer Cake, pretty much out-Ritchie-ing his former filmmaking partner in the process, and then moved on to a group of comic-book based films: Stardust, Kick-Ass, and X-Men: First Class.

Vaughn is signed for another X-Men movie and is producing the Kick-Ass sequel, but he’s also developing other films. One is an adaptation of Lexicon, based on a novel that will be published next year from author Max Barry (Jennifer Government, Company and Machine Man). Vaughn optioned the novel and will script the film himself. Read More »

Fox did very well with two franchise prequels/reboots last year: Rise of the Planet of the Apes and X-Men: First Class. We know that the studio is actively moving forward with another Apes film, and last November we learned that Simon Kinberg had been hired to write the movie that will follow First Class.

The actors involved in the X-Men film are all likely to return, thanks to multiple-picture deals, but we didn’t know about director/co-writer Matthew Vaughn and producer Bryan Singer. The latter seemed like a lock, given that he has been involved with Fox’s X-Men film series from the beginning, and we’ve known that Fox was talking with Vaughn. Now we’ve got a report that says Singer and Vaughn have both signed deals to make the First Class sequel. Read More »

Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat. There is absolutely no guarantee that Kick Ass 2 will ever exist as a movie. It exists as a comic book (the sixth issue was released just last week) so if you’re curious what happens next to Kick Ass and Hit Girl, that’s your best bet. For a while, Matthew Vaughn was speaking as if he would direct a sequel despite the disappointing box office of the original and his stars, like Chloë Moretz, suggested they would return. But even with all of that, there was no guarantee.

There’s now a significant update of sorts. Co-screenwriter Jane Goldman has been quoted saying neither she or Vaughn have any plans to write the screenplay, Vaughn isn’t likely to direct, but he’ll probably produce and is currently talking to someone who is very interested in writing and directing. Read her quote and more after the jump. Read More »

This is something that ended up in today’s Superhero Bits, but it is really big enough to warrant its own headline. So for those who didn’t see SHB today, Matthew Vaughn, the director of the film based on Mark Millar‘s comic Kick-Ass and other films such as X-Men: First Class, has picked up the rights to create a film based on Millar’s comic Superior. The comic is about a young boy living with multiple sclerosis who is given the opportunity to transform into his idol, a superhero from the big screen. Read More »

Who did Joel Schumacher want to play the Scarecrow in the canned fifth Batman film, Batman Triumphant? Why are Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen dressed at Batman and Catwoman? Which actor was in the running to play Rorschach in Watchmen? Will Gambit be appearing in The Wolverine or any other upcoming X-Men movies? Has someone purchased the rights to Mark Millar‘s latest comic book creation, Superior? Where is The Dark Knight Rises shooting this week? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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