Matthew Vaughn Dropped Out of X-Men Movie for 'The Secret Service', According to Mark Millar

Matthew Vaughn

The cloud surrounding Matthew Vaughn's sudden departure from X-Men: Days of Future Past is clearing up. It was rumored that Vaughn dropped out of the X-Men movie so that he can direct the seventh Star Wars movie, but it appears that was not the case.

According to comic book author -- and super consultant to Fox -- Mark Millar, Vaughn left the X-Men movie not for Episode VII but for The Secret Service.

The Secret Service is the adaptation of an ongoing comic series written by Millar about a British spy talking his nephew under his wings and training him in the finer arts of spycraft.

Millar said the plan was for Vaughn to direct X-Men: Days of Future Past first and then move on to The Secret Service. But that plan changed when they sniffed competing projects in the works.

"We thought Matthew was going to do X-Men first, but we found out there were actually a few imitators of 'Secret Service' in the works....There are three other projects I know of now about a James Bond kind of guy taking a street kid and turning him into a spy. Three screenplays were already going through Hollywood about this! So Matthew and I said, 'Fuck this. We're not letting anyone steal our ideas," Millar told Comic Book Resources (via Bleedingcool).

As for who will be directing Episode VII, the latest rumor is that Safety Not Guaranteed's Colin Trevorrow is being considered.

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