Let me just say that whatever Bryan Singer’s involvement in the X-Men franchise, I’m all for it. I also LOVE the idea of a Days of Future Past happening. Bring it on! Read the following tidbits below.
Bryan Singer was the director of X-Men and X2 and the producer of the upcoming sequel to X-Men: First Class. Singer said in a recent interview that the title would be X-Men: Days of Future Past, a nod toward a storyline in the comics that ran in the early 80s. It would certainly fit in with Singer’s claim that the sequel’s story is bold and ambitious, as the comics involve alternate timelines and a dystopian future in addition to meaty social conflicts like internment camps and assassinations. Much more from Singer follows:
Before we get into Singer’s comments, be sure to take a look at our Comic-Con interview with sequel writer Simon Kinberg and a recent talk with make-up supervisor, Dave Elsey. Now, here’s a look at some of the juicier quotes from Singer during an interview with IGN:
Question: You mentioned X-Men, and I just had to ask you because I’m a huge X-Men fan, what can you say about the new film coming out?
Bryan Singer: I can say it’s being written right now and it will start shooting in a few months. It’s going to be very ambitious. It’s called Days of Future Past and it deals with aspects of that comic but also some very new things. I just don’t want to give any of it away. Matthew Vaughn will be directing and I’m totally excited about it.
Singer also commented on the interesting notion that, since the storyline involves two X-Men timelines blending together, the sequel might actually involve a cross-over from Singer’s previous films. Take a look:
Knowing the “Days of Future Past” story from the comics, that is a bold direction even if it’s a different version of it. I know Simon [Kinberg] said at Comic-Con that it can touch upon the entire X-Men film franchise or respect the entire X-Men film franchise, so is there room for some sort of cross-overs? More than we might have seen in the past?
Singer: I think there’s a strong desire to broaden out the universe. The X-Men universe on its own is every bit as big as the Marvel universe and I think it’s time to reach out and explore it and perhaps even bring some connectivity between the films, as Marvel’s done so well. You may see some of that, I don’t know. [Laughs]
Following up to yesterday’s article, it is now CONFIRMED by Producer Bryan Singer that X-Men: First Class’s sequel will in fact be X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. “It deals with aspects of that comic, but also some very new things” elaborated producer Bryan Singer.
This is pretty effing great in my opinion, as I read the DAYS OF FUTURE PAST storyline as a wee lad and loved it. The storyline can be found in issues #141 and #142 of Uncanny X-Men, published in 1981, and “deals with a dystopian alternative future in which mutants are incarcerated in internment camps. An older Kitty Pryde transfers her mind into the younger, present-day Kitty Pryde, who brings the X-Men to prevent a fatal moment in history which triggers anti-mutant hysteria.”
The movie is slated to start shooting January of 2013 with a currently-booked release date of July 18th, 2014.