In a recent interview with Total Film, Bryan Singer has been talking about the upcoming sequel X-Men: Apocalypse. Due to be released after X-Men: Days of Future Past on 27th may 2016, Singer said the film is progressing nicely, mentioning Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty, who wrote the script on X2, and Simon Kinberg, who wrote the script for Days of Future Past.
“We’re currently breaking the story. We’re almost ready to go. Dan Harris, Michael Dougherty and Simon Kinberg are in the office across the street from me, working on story stuff right now. It’s great to have Dan and Michael back.”
Singer also alluded that the time period will be focused in the 1980s, backing up what he’s previously said about delving into the idea of ancient mutants:
“We’re going to deal with the notion of ancient mutants – the fact they were born and existed thousands of years ago. But it’ll be a contemporary movie – well, it’ll take place in the ’80s… The ’80s is a period now – it’s hard for me to believe that!”
He also said this on the characters for the next film in the franchise:
“Apocalypse will have more of the mass destruction that X-Men films, to date, have not relied upon. There’s definitely now a character and a story that allow room for that kind of spectacle … I don’t want to get too specific, but we’ll introduce familiar characters in a younger time. That’ll be fun to show the audience. I call these movies in-between-quels. It’s a mind-fuck sometimes in terms of where things fall in the timeline!”
Singer also talked about the back stories from the bank of X-Men characters and exploring some of the ideas he had over a decade ago:
“Yeah, there actually are [more stories I want to tell]. It all stems back to when I did [the first] X-Men. You always want to know where a character’s going to go, what their future’s going be like. You can always sequelise. But on that film I also had actors asking ‘Who am I? Where did my character come from?’ So as a director you always need a backstory to give your actors. It may not be the right backstory, but it’s one you can give the actor to help them understand their character. These prequels are really exciting for me because they give me a chance to explore ideas I came up with more than a decade ago.”
Check out the new images from X-Men: Days of Future Past, which will arrive in cinemas 22nd May 2014.