Following the news that X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn had dropped out of the upcoming sequel, Deadline is reporting that Bryan Singer has signed a deal that will see him stepping in to helm, X-Men: Days of Future Past. Reports are still vague as to whether or not Vaughn will remain on board to produce the sequel alongside writer Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner.
The announcement is sure to come as a pleasant one to fans as Singer was the man responsible for launching the first two films in the X-Men franchise, both of which earned critical and commercial praise. Singer was reportedly on 20th Century Fox’s shortlist after Vaughn stepped down from the project, which will see the return of X-Men: First Class stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence.
With a script already having been completed for Days of Future Past and a director now firmly in place, 20th Century Fox continues to be hopeful that the film will meet it’s expected release date and arrive in theaters on July 18, 2014.