Brett Ratner Takes Over To Direct 'X-Men 3'

Brett RatnerBrett Ratner is to replace Matthew Vaughn as the director of X-Men 3, according to Variety.

Vaughn dropped out less than a week ago. Official reason was that the Layer Cake director didn't want to uproot his family, but it appears the exit followed his growing apprehension about taking on such a large assignment in his second outing.

A comicbook enthusiast, Ratner was among the helmers considered to direct the first X-Men; the job went to Bryan Singer.

Ratner then spent a full year developing Superman Returns, the film that ultimately prompted Singer to drop out of directing X-Men 3.

Hiring keeps the film on track for an August start date and a Memorial Day weekend 2006 opening date.

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