X-Men Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer has been keeping quite secret about his new film, however the last few days has seen the director do a number of interviews, and reveal some exciting stuff about the film.
Firstly, there were rumours that the film may be shot in Peter Jackson’s 48 frames per second (higher frame rate), but thankfully Singer has said that will nto happen. However, those of you still against the gimmcky 3D format are not getting off that easily. Singer shot his latest film, Jack the Giant Slayer, in 3D, and is very excited to be doing it again with X-Men: Days of Future Past. The good news here is that it won’t be post-converted. Singer also told Collider when filming will begin:
“I start shooting April 15th in Montreal, probably until October. It’s a big movie. It’ll be the biggest movie I’ve ever made.”
Singer also explained to Cinemablend the reason for the secrecy behind his new film:
“There’s things that we’re going to do in this movie that haven’t been done in X-Men films before. Stuff involving [time travel], and stuff involving certain technology, and certain science fiction aspects that haven’t been used before in an X-Men film. We’d like to keep some of that a surprise”
Singer also went on to explain the ambitious plot which includes time travel. He not only broke the news that Richard Nixon would be appearing in the film, but he also talked about some heavy stuff like destiny and changing your future, and also explained the essence of capturing the comic book story and putting it into a film:
“Part of it takes place in the 1970s. And Richard Nixon’s in it, that’ll be an interesting casting choice… There’ll also be some more science-fiction-type aspects to the story and, without giving it away, some technology that we haven’t seen yet in the X-Men universe.” he told Collider.
“This movie will also deal with destiny, the choices we made, the people we were– how the people we were when we were young affects the world we have to live in in the future, and what if we could go back and change that”
“… you have to capture the essence of those stories, and if you try to do every single detail that’s in this story, that can be too much for a movie. But if you can grab the essence of that story and those characters, and then realize it’s a movie it’s not a comic book so there are certain parameters that are different, it’ll still be satisfying to fans and non-fans.”
Singer also talked about his cast of returning actors:
“I got the impression that everyone was kind of excited to come back. The actors from X-Men: First Class are contracted to, but the ones I’ve spoken to are very enthusiastic. Jen’s very excited, I’m with Nick these past few days and he’s excited, and Hugh, Ian, Patrick, Anna—they remember we felt very good about those first two X-Men films back then and I think there’s a good feeling about all of us working together again, and I’m very excited to work with the new cast members as a director as opposed to just a producer.”
And speaking about the cast of the new film, Deadline is reporting that Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage is joining the cast. Singer made the announcement on Twitter. While nothing has yet been confirmed, all signs are pointing to Dinklage playing Puck, and ComicVine has the lowdown on the character:
Born in the early 1900?s, Eugene Milton Judd, or just “Judd” to his friends, was a soldier of fortune who traveled the world, having adventures. On one of these early adventures, he attempted to attain the ‘Black Blade of Raazer”, a mystical blade which, unbeknownst to Judd, contained the spirit of an evil being named Raazer. Upon accidentally releasing Raazer, Judd found the only way to defeat him was to absorb the spirit of Raazer into his body. This had the effect of changing the seven-foot Judd into a 3’6? dwarf, although he retained the full strength and agility of the formerly giant bullfighter and athlete; the demon’s presence also stopped him from aging. Containing the evil being also caused Judd great pain on a constant basis.
Judd had a long life of adventuring, as both a soldier of fortune and a spy and has dealt with many costumed operatives during World War II and since. He became close friends with Wolverine during the war, and the two have remained close to this day.
Fox are expecting, as planned, to go into production on X-Men: Days of Future Past early in 2013, and are sticking to their scheduled release date of July 18th 2014. X-Men: Days of Future Past is being written by Jane Goldman, Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn and will see the newly formed titular team working to prevent an alternate future where mutants are hunted by giant machines called The Sentinels.
It follows the 1980s’ comic storyline written by Chris Claremont that alternates between a present day battle against the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline where an assassination of a government official has led to Sentinels roaming the land and mutants held prisoner in internment camps.
So far the cast for X-Men: Days of Future Past, is looking something like this: Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen,Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore.
(Sources: Collider, Cinemablend, Deadline, Comicvine)
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