‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Is Gonna Be “Epic,” Will Encompass the Past Trilogy
Bryan Singer has a new movie on the horizon, 'Jack the Giant Slayer,' but let's be realistic: any lucky sonofagun who speaks to the man while he's out promoting his latest is going to be far more interested in the impending 'X-Men: Days of Future Past.' Thankfully, Singer appears to be pretty jazzed about it, as is evident in a new interview with Empire Magazine, where he touts a truly epic sequel and reveals how James Cameron -- yes, the King of the World -- figures into the project.
"It's epic. I don't think people realise how big this movie's going to be. We get to bring both casts together," is Singer's opening salvo, and we'd expect no less from a movie that will combine the beloved cast of Singer's original 'X-Men' movies with the younger ensemble from 'X-Men: First Class'. The director went on to discuss the movie's sure-to-be-complex time-travel elements and revealed that a chat with James Cameron is key to making sense of it all.
We've cracked it in a way that it makes sense. I had a two-hour conversation with James Cameron about time travel, string theory, multiverses and all that. You have to create your rules and stick wtih them. That's why Terminator and Back To The Future work so well. And there are certain mechanisms in X-Men, certain powers, perceptions and characters, that make this possible.
On whether fans of the original comic storyline of the same name that 'Days of Future Past' is based upon should expect some of their favorite material to be excised, Singer is diplomatic to a fault:
It has a lot of aspects of the comic. The actual comic of Days Of Future Past had a whole ton of stuff going on, so it’s like any of these things; you have to distill it. But I think the fans will be pleased that some of the most exciting parts of Days Of Future Past are going to be connected to this movie.
Singer then discusses what we're all wondering: will every 'X-Men' movie have a place in 'Future Past'? Like, will we have to even think about 'X-Men: The Last Stand'?
I’m taking into account every movie – I’m not just grabbing my first two movies and 'First Class' and smashing them together. I’m taking into account the entire universe as it’s been laid out so far on the screen, and really respecting it and trying to work with that. People took things in various directions, so there’s some clean-up. But ultimately I’m not just ignoring them either.
That is indeed Singer's way of saying, "No, 'X-Men: The Last Stand' has not been forgotten."
The director finally announced that he'll continue to make a multitude of casting announcements via his Twitter account, so you'll want to keep tabs on that in the coming weeks. (He's recently confirmed that Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore are returning.)
Oh yeah, and there will be a major "F-bomb" in the film. You know you were dying to know that...