X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn has revealed that had he gotten his way, X-Men: Days of Future Past would have been the finale of a trilogy with a film centered on a young Wolverine bridging the gap between the two films.
Originally, Vaughn had developed the treatment for Days of Future Past and was set to direct the film but ultimately exited the project to direct his 2014 surprise hit Kingsman: The Secret Service, leading to Bryan Singer’s return to the X-Men franchise. While promoting his latest film, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Vaughn explained to UPROXX why he chose not to make a sequel before now, opening up about the X-Men film that could have been:
“I mean, the bottom line is this: I’m only invested when there’s a moment when I have to make a film and I can’t walk away. And I have to be so passionate and believe in it that the film, first, will turn out great and that I will be pushed to my limits to make it properly and taken out of my comfort zone. The reason I haven’t done sequels in the past is they just weren’t exciting me. And on Days of Future Past, even though I co-wrote the bloody thing, the reason I bailed out of it is two things: First, I respect Bryan Singer hugely and X-Men is Bryan’s world and I feel he let me play in his sandbox. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t my sandbox. I wanted my own sandbox. And, second, I didn’t want to do Days of Future Past next. I felt that one should be in a trilogy and Days of Future Past should be the finale of that story. I would have done a film in-between where you meet the young Wolverine and a new character, and then in Days of Future Past became the young Wolverine and the old Wolverine and just really blow it out.”
While Vaughn wasn’t fully invested in what he felt should have been the second chapter of a trilogy that began with his X-Men film First Class, the director became so inspired writing the sequel to his spy comedy that he already began thinking about a third installment which he revealed in May that he is already in development on. He also revealed recently that he is in talks to direct the long-awaited Man of Steel sequel although it is unclear which film he could direct next.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle stars Taryn Egerton, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum, and as well as Pedro Pascal, Vinnie Jones, pop legend Sir Elton John and Halle Berry. The film hits theaters September 22, 2017.