By Ryan Parsons | Image property of 20th Century Fox
After talking Berry into coming back, Vaughn leaves.
For some reason the troubles keep coming for this
highly successful franchise. First Bryan Singer bows out due to signing
on to the new Superman
films. Then some of the mainstays are hesitant at signing back on again
(Halle Berry and James Mardsen in particular), and now comes word that director
Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake) has decided to leave X-Men
3 due to the always mysterious "personal reasons".
Vaughn Shakes X-Men 3
According to AICN,
due to a hectic schedule (the film has yet to start production and is due
in theaters Memorial Day 2006) and quite possibly some differences with
studio heads, Vaughn left production last week. How this affects the release
date and production of the film remain to be seen. Avi Arad, head of Marvel
Studios, told AICN that the studio will make an announcement with the next
few weeks on a new director as well as casting for the role of Angel.
What remains a question mark is some of the casting choices Vaughn made
and their willingness to stick around now that he has left X-Men 3.
Vaughn fought really hard for the casting of Kelsey Grammer as the Beast
and Vinnie Jones as the Juggernaught and with his departure their commitment
to the film might not be as strong as it once was.
Vaughn also was responsible for making some tweaks to the script and with his departure, whoever the new director is might want to get rid of those changes and make new ones which may slow down production.
Whoever decides to take over the job of directing this film, expect them
to be a big name director who has previously shown interest in the film.
AICN mentioned Joss Whedon (Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
as a possibility and I fully second that nomination. Right now I don't think
they can really get anyone else (other than Singer who won't be finished
with Superman for some time) than Whedon who can step right in
and have the same kind of passion that both Singer and Vaughn
had for this film.