There were quite a few raised eyebrows when it was revealed that Matthew Vaughn had opted not to direct the X-Men: First Class sequel, which is title X-Men: Days of Future Past, in favour of directing the big screen adaptation of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons' The Secret Service. Now, Mark Millar has revealed why Matthew chose to make the switch, claiming it was so that nobody when get to his idea first.
Millar explained, “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. People think you're lying when you say you're not trying to get your comics made into movies so quickly, but the two reasons it happens like that is first because it's the best ad for the comic you'll ever have. And for me, selling the book is the most important thing.”
He added, “The second reason is because people are always trying to rip you off. Somebody will start to work on a spec screenplay about your idea. 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, '[frick] this. We're not letting anyone steal our ideas.'”
After Matthew Vaughn pulled out of directing X-Men: Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer stepped in to helm the project. The movie is set to begin shooting early next year, with the hope of releasing X-Men: Days of Future Past on July 18, 2014.