Since it was announced, it seemed like ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ would be helmed by Matthew Vaughn, the director of ‘Kick-Ass’ and ‘X-Men: First Class’ who also wrote the treatment for the upcoming X-film. However, according to Deadline, he has stepped out of the director’s chair and may be moving to a producer role instead.

It’s unknown why Vaughn has decided to step back, but it appears that the man who has been guiding the students of Charles Xavier through the moviemaking process since the very beginning might replace him. At the top of 20th Century Fox’s list to direct the ‘First Class’ sequel is Bryan Singer, who directed the first two ‘X-Men’ films. If Singer does take the job, he’ll be playing musical chairs with Vaughn because Singer was originally only listed as a producer of ‘Days of Future Past’.

Speculation says that Vaughn will move on to ‘Secret Service’, an adaptation of the Mark Millar/Dave Gibbons comic book series that’s described as “James Bond meets My Fair Lady”. This wouldn’t be the first time that the two have worked together as they collaborated on ‘Kick-Ass’, another one of Millar’s comics, as well.

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ is set to be released on July 18, 2014, so hopefully the studio resolves it’s director situation soon.

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