Matthew Vaughn Says He Didn't Direct X-MEN: DOFP Because It Didn't Excite Him

Matthew Vaughn Says He Didn't Direct X-MEN: DOFP Because It Didn't Excite Him

Layer Cake and Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn is the man who many fans credit for finally doing the X-Men franchise justice with 2011's X-Men: First Class. In the following interview with Empire Magazine, the filmmaker reveals why he chose not to return for this movie...

Is X-Men: Days of Future Past in the right hands with Bryan Singer? While he's credited with kicking off the comic book movie craze, the director is also not so fondly remembered for paying a distinct lack of attention to the source material and the lacklustre Superman Returns. Matthew Vaughn meanwhile has delivered great movie after great movie, with X-Men: First Class hailed by some as the best X-Men movie yet. So, why didn't he return for the sequel? "It didn't excite me enough," he tells Empire Magazine. "The thing that was exciting about it was bringing all these actors together. What a cast! But I've worked with great actors and I just thought, 'I've got to do my own thing.'" That "own thing" would be the big screen adaptation of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons' The Secret Service. "The script was great for X-Men, but I had Secret Service in my head. And this has always been Bryan's machine. It's come full circle."

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original "X-Men" film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from "X-Men: First Class," in an epic battle that must change the past -- to save our future.


Hugh Jackman as Wolverine
James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart as Professor X
Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen as Magneto
Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique
Halle Berry as Storm
Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde
Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask
Nicholas Hoult as Beast
Shawn Ashmore as Iceman
Omar Sy as Bishop
Daniel Cudmore as Colossus
Booboo Stewart as Warpath
Fan Bingbing as Blink
Adan Canto as Sunspot
Evan Peters as Quicksilver
Josh Helman as William Stryker
Lucas Till as Havok

RELEASE DATE: May 23rd, 2014
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Filed Under "X-Men" 1/31/2014 Source: Empire Magazine
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batz11 - 1/31/2014, 11:38 AM
Oh well, we'll miss ya...
ndwwrestler2 - 1/31/2014, 11:39 AM
Still excited. Hopefully he'll consider directing X-Men: Apocalypse.
CaptainAmerica - 1/31/2014, 11:40 AM
He's awesome but he hates sequels, nothing against him or DoFP
TheVirgin - 1/31/2014, 11:41 AM
First Class > X2 > The Wolverine > X-Men > X-Men 3 > X-Men Origins: Wolverine
GizmoEl - 1/31/2014, 11:42 AM
Love Vaughn. He's a great director
marvel72 - 1/31/2014, 11:45 AM
"It didn't excite me enough,"

i feel the same way about the movie,the first trailer has done nothing for me.

the second might though.
SpoonWielder - 1/31/2014, 11:46 AM
That makes two of us.
NoPhucksGiven - 1/31/2014, 11:48 AM
What ever bro. Do you.
Starfox - 1/31/2014, 11:48 AM
Movie looks like it could be critically acclaimed but not very exciting. The Trick is to do both at the same time.
JoJo1982 - 1/31/2014, 11:49 AM
Here we go

The trolls are coming
kevberg - 1/31/2014, 11:49 AM
He did fine with First Class, but he also gave us MacAvoys "AUSTIN POWERS" Prof X which was shit.
MexicanSuperman - 1/31/2014, 11:51 AM
I think he dosen't like doing sequels, and that he wants to do something new I guess.

First Class was awesome and I can't wait for X-Men Days of Futures Past.
cipher - 1/31/2014, 11:54 AM
Heh, McAvoy's Xavier is what my father was probably like when he was young.
arsonjack - 1/31/2014, 11:58 AM
Singer is more than enough.
Beaner8127 - 1/31/2014, 11:58 AM
Not looking forward to this and I don't think I would anymore if Vaughn was directing either.
jambion - 1/31/2014, 11:59 AM
Vaughn "has delivered great movie after great movie"? uhhh are we forgetting how terrible Stardust & Kick-Ass were? Layer Cake was good & the 1st & 3rd acts of First Class were fantastic, but that 2nd act was frumpy as hell. Yall need to stop puttin this dude on a damn pedestal
faver - 1/31/2014, 12:01 PM
It's a shame since First Class was my favorite X-Men film. But if he didn't feel passionate enough about the franchise (we know he doesn't like to do sequels), then him stepping down was for the best. Singer, for better or worse, is really invested in the franchise and the characters.
TheRealRemyLebeau - 1/31/2014, 12:01 PM
Shots fired!!! I knew he left dye to bryan hack singer.
TheRealRemyLebeau - 1/31/2014, 12:01 PM
TheRealRemyLebeau - 1/31/2014, 12:04 PM
Matthew Vaughn was handcuffed to Bryan Singer's vision. First class would have been better if he was left alone.
venomvsspidey11 - 1/31/2014, 12:04 PM
X-men First Class is the best X-men movie IMO and one of the best CBM's of all time. Kick-ass was also great.
GeekyCheekyChic - 1/31/2014, 12:04 PM
That's ok doesn't seem interesting to anybody.
DrDoom - 1/31/2014, 12:04 PM
First Class is overrated
Minty - 1/31/2014, 12:05 PM
Call him picky but Vaughn has come good on all of his movies he's directed, and probably because he was passionate about them. DOFP seems a bit too studio-driven for him (and I dont think he would have been the best fit for Star Wars either)

@jambion - disagree with you there. Stardust and Kick-Ass were great, as was First Class
BenClark - 1/31/2014, 12:07 PM
Or in other words he thought the script was horrible and decided to jump ship before his name got stuck with it.
QuestiontheAnswer - 1/31/2014, 12:07 PM
I just want a bloody Deadpool movie from Fox and that's all.
MulhollandJr - 1/31/2014, 12:08 PM
Uhh... Vaughn paid less attention to the source material than Singer. God you're a moron.
SuperCat - 1/31/2014, 12:08 PM
One can only imagine what his version of Quicksilver would have looked like. Shame.
novaprime - 1/31/2014, 12:10 PM
And what he thinks the secret service is fun??? Watch that shit make 5$ in theaters no cares about that shiitt!
FilmsFan - 1/31/2014, 12:11 PM
He's a talented director but he always runs away at last moment, not once but several times!

So SINGER is the guy who studio can hire & trust will atleast deliver a MOVIE, instead of saying I'm OUT, 1 month before shooting!
Part of the reason he lost STAR WARS cuz he not trustworthy!
JON FAVROE isn't a sophisticated director & Spielberg & Nolan doesn't need Star Wars!
TheRationalNerd - 1/31/2014, 12:12 PM
So maybe this can stop all the "they got rid of Vaughn and replaced him with Singer" nonsense.
Frogman - 1/31/2014, 12:13 PM
Wait... I thought people liked X1 and X2 and then didn't like X3 and Wolverine Origins, neither of which were done by Singer...
sikwon - 1/31/2014, 12:14 PM
Im not a troll.. I.just despise Fox's lack of give a shit about the Xmen.
TheRationalNerd - 1/31/2014, 12:16 PM
I wouldn't mind seeing him return for a Sequel set after Apocalypse. The way I see it Vaughn isn't too interested on big baddies and plots outside of the action packed themes he continuously brings to films in Millar's universe and just as he did in First Class. I thin. DoFP would've been outside of his comfort zone. I could see him making a Weapon X, XForce or even another adaption of God loves Man Kills but DoFP and Apocalypse are too deep for his sci-fi genre the way I see it.
DrunkenNukem - 1/31/2014, 12:16 PM
This is a Warning from Mr. Vaughn.....take it or leave it
TheRationalNerd - 1/31/2014, 12:17 PM
Vaughn would be PERFECT for a Deadpool flick as well.
0bstreperous - 1/31/2014, 12:17 PM
o fvck off fist ass sucked anyone who liked it AND says that singer abuses source is retarded

overrated banshee vs lenny kravitz daughter what a joke

im angry about the fact dc will never get its act together with zach snyder's asshat casting

and then people pretend that fist ass wasn't one of the worst movies ever made makes me wanna fight some one

MiIIes - 1/31/2014, 12:18 PM
BlackIceJoe - 1/31/2014, 12:18 PM
I really enjoyed First Class and Bryan is doing everything he can to have no continuity to First Class. What he is doing is not keeping people that were in the last film and bringing back people that no one cares about. But sadly I will most likely end up seeing it anyway. Just on BluRay instead of at the movies.
SuperDan89 - 1/31/2014, 12:19 PM
I bet he left DOFP to do Star Wars but Kath Kennedy wanted JJ (on the advice of Spielberg). So he played it nonchalant & went with Secret Service to save face ;)
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