I trust Collider's Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub when it comes to scoops. He does due diligence when reporting, and he has sat on scoops that turned out to be true because he couldn't properly second source them. In a web world where being wrong carries absolutely no weight whatsoever, I respect how Steve operates.
That's why I'm running this story - one that I don't particularly think will come to pass. According to Steve's sources, Matthew Vaughn left X-Man: Days of Future Past because he has the opportunity to direct at least Star Wars Episode VII. Steve's sources tell him that Vaughn is currently in talks with Lucasfilm to direct the movie.
Maybe! We'll certainly be hearing lots of Star Wars stuff in the next six months if the studio is going to hit a 2015 release date. But will it be Vaughn? A quick rebuttal to Steve's logic:
Now you have to ask yourself, why would Vaughn abruptly drop out of helming the X-Men sequel when the head of 20th Century Fox (Tom Rothman) is leaving the studio? After all, while Rothman helped make some great movies over the past few years, he’s also known as a micro-manager that can rub some filmmakers the wrong way. With Rothman out, I imagine Vaughn would have had more creative control on the sequel and it would have been an easier film to make.
Good thought. But my understanding is that post-Rothman Fox is NOT an improved place. Vaughn dropped off of X-Men because of new management. In fact, if Vaughn were up for Star Wars, why would he leave X-Men before he had a deal? If anything, Vaughn has a long history of just dropping right off of projects at the last minute for no good reason. This wouldn't be the first X-Men movie he bailed on.
The next question is: is Vaughn the sort of guy Lucasfilm is looking for? I honestly don't know, but if I were rushing to get this movie out in 2015, I'd be wary of the guy who dropped out of X-Men: The Last Stand and Thor. And I don't know that I'd be interested in a guy like Vaughn who will be very controlling - he began his career as a producer. I think Lucasfilm is going to approach this the way EON has approached most of the Bond films - they'll be looking for a malleable guy who takes orders.
That's just speculation, though. Nobody knows what Kathleen Kennedy is going to do in the coming weeks. It's possible she might see the Star Wars franchise needing a strong central auteur to be reborn. She's smart and risky enough to do something like that. Which leads to the question I'll pose to you: would Vaughn be a good match for Star Wars?
In the meantime I suspect that every director in town is putting out feelers, and that Lucasfilm has plenty of names on lists. Remember, they're not just thinking about the next three films, they're looking at relaunching the franchise in a big way.