Matthew Vaughn is doing that Matthew Vaughn thing where he leaves a project. Sometimes, like with Thor, it sticks. Sometimes, like with X-Men: First Class, it doesn't.
The project he's left is X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sequel to the rebootquel. Fox has another lined up, though, and his name is familiar: Bryan Singer. Singer brought the X-Men into the film world with X-Men and X2 (a movie that defines 'not holding up') and who produced First Class. And who may have done some directorial work on that one as well, if the local scuttlebutt is any indication (it isn't always).
I'm not entirely sure Vaughn is well and truly off the movie; I'm sure his leaving comes partially from finishing up Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall [EDIT: Which I am told he isn't directing. I just have been paying NO ATTENTION to this movie for some reason], and it might be a negotiating tactic. Which would be why Singer's name is out in the press so quickly, letting Vaughn know he's replaceable. Or maybe Singer's really directing it. I don't know - it's taken me 30 minutes to get this far into the article because it's so hard to give a real shit about this anymore.
I mean, we're all pretending that who directs this stuff makes a difference anymore? I'll always get excited when a good director gets attached to a project I'm excited about and sad when a bad one does, but it's hard to imagine why a Vaughn movie would be so radically different from a Singer movie. The decisions that will mold this movie are largely being made on a corporate level, and many of them have probably already been made. There's obviously room for a director to put a mark on it, to fight for casting or for a script choice but, in general, it's all predestined.
And I say this as a guy who really, really liked X-Men: First Class. It just all feels so futile some days.
Go see Cloud Atlas this weekend.