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Bryan Singer On Days Of Future Past
'It's epic' promises the X-Men director

28 January 2013  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Exclusive

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past

In the new issue of Empire magazine we spoke to Bryan Singer about the work he's doing on X-Men: Days Of Future Past, and he had a few tidbits to give us on what's in store for his prequel-sequel. "It's epic. I don't think people realise how big this movie's going to be. We get to bring both casts together."

But, Singer assures us, it's still going to be coherent. "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."

Start speculating now on which powers and which characters he means by that! His answer might depend on how closely he's sticking to the original comic.

"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."

We also asked how much attention he's paying to the other X-movies, which have at this point created a somewhat tangled chronological web. "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."

Singer assured fans that he will be making his casting announcements directly on his Twitter account, as we saw this weekend with the news that Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin and Ellen Page are returning. "I’ll be using Twitter as an avenue. I think Twitter is an amazing thing. Very often something gets out there in the rumour-sphere, and people start building up an impression of something that might not be right. So what I want to do is just little by little drop out whatever information is official."

Finally, we asked if there'd be a repeat of First Class' terrific use of the PG-13 F-bomb. "We’re going to have another one in this one. We have another one coming up!"

X-Men: Days Of Future Past is due onscreens on July 18, 2014, with shooting set to start soon. For more from Singer and a huge amount on The Wolverine, due July 26 this year, pick up the new issue of Empire on Thursday.


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RE: why pt 2
Good point about Singer's vision. I don't think I'd go as far as saying that I wish he'd actually directed it as I agree that Matthew Vaughn is a very good director and I did enjoy First Class. I'm not saying all of the effects were bad but the majority of them just didn't look good to me. For example, the scene where Magneto stops all those missiles is a truly epic moment in the story but it just looked like a rushed special effect to me, diluting the impact of the scene. Whereas with X2, even More

Posted by Mr Gittes at 17:26 on 04 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: why pt 2
Personally, I consider First Class to be just as much Singer's vision as the first two movies, but he just bought someone else on board to direct it. Which is in no way a dig at Matthew Vaughn, who I think is an excellent director. But the film has Singer's fingerprints all over it. Which is exactly what the franchise needed after The Last Stand and Wolverine. Thought the effects in First Class were pretty damn good, myself, though. It's my favourite of the X-Men films so far, but X-Men 2 More

Posted by AxlReznor at 15:54 on 04 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: why?
I have indeed. And they're as worthy as favourites get. Mine are Jaws and Once Upon A Time In The West. Tough to mix those two hee-hee. So I just went with my favourite Jack Nicholson role. Anyway, to get somewhat back on topic, after Future Past (three words I never thought I'd write together) I'd actually like to see Singer do one of the new Star Wars movies. But I'll still be a happy geek if he does yet another X-Men movie instead. More

Posted by Mr Gittes at 15:53 on 04 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: why pt 2
I definitely prefer Singer's take on the X universe over Vaughn's. I'll admit, the first X-Men movie was good but not great. But I really don't blame Singer since his production time was cut by about six months (keeping that in mind, he did a bloody good job). And let's not forget that it brought the superhero genre back from the dead so, come on, give respect where it's due. But I can understand if you don't like the movie, I don't love it myself. Limited production or not, there are problems; More

Posted by Mr Gittes at 15:26 on 04 February 2013 | Report This Post

why pt 2
surely nobody thinks that singers rake on the X universe was better than vaughns? the only thing i liked about singers was the casting. i am definatly not saying that x3 or that abomination wolverine were better than x1 or x2 . i am just saying that xmen first class is the best film in the X men universe .singer in my opinion hasent made a decent film since the usual suspects , he even made the plot to kill hitler boring. days of future past is a very complex story and i dont think he has the ch More

Posted by elsquig at 12:53 on 04 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: why?
Lol. Thanks! Its a jalgemation of two words associated with two of my favourite films of all time, but i guess you've probably gathered that already! More

Posted by Nexus Wookie at 01:09 on 04 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: why?
Heh. Thanks. I've been visiting the site for years. I knew I'd comment on something eventually, and this little bit of news seemed to be the perfect moment to do that. Awesome name by the way. More

Posted by Mr Gittes at 21:41 on 03 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: why?
Welcome to the forum Mr. Gittes! More

Posted by Nexus Wookie at 21:08 on 03 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: why?
First post on here. Just want to say that I agree on all counts, except for preferring Wolverine to X3 since I haven't seen the former - though I've regrettably seen the latter.I especially adored X2; that movie just never gets old for me. And you made a great point about the Donner comparison (another director I'm very fond of). Anyway, back on topic, I am very, very excited about this. More

Posted by Mr Gittes at 21:04 on 03 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: why?
L: elsquig why are they letting this clown anywhere back near this franchise ? his films are awful,can anyone remember that pile of shit superman film or the first 2 x men films ? he is for sure gonna fuck this up and ruin the great work that first class managed to salvage from the broken universe singer started . how does he manage to get work let alone big big films like this? Shame! have to disagree with you, the firsr two X-Men films were absolutely superb, especially the sequel More

Posted by Nexus Wookie at 09:39 on 03 February 2013 | Report This Post

why?
why are they letting this clown anywhere back near this franchise ? his films are awful,can anyone remember that pile of shit superman film or the first 2 x men films ? he is for sure gonna fuck this up and ruin the great work that first class managed to salvage from the broken universe singer started . how does he manage to get work let alone big big films like this? Shame! More

Posted by elsquig at 17:44 on 02 February 2013 | Report This Post

fingers crossed
have high hopes for this one More

Posted by buffster28 at 12:58 on 30 January 2013 | Report This Post

Oh Nooooooooooo!
Having made two of the most disappointing super hero films possible and one or two dull films since, I fail to see why Singer as director is a good thing. He doesn't have a specific visual style, the first and second X men films were completely devoid of humour and action was decidedly small scale. Any one of a number of tv directors are better than him. he's not even a particularly good writer and his take on WW2 was boring when it should have been edge-of-the-seat riveting. Dull,dull dull rea More

Posted by ericcoyle at 13:28 on 29 January 2013 | Report This Post

so exciteeeeeeed singer is back.
the forgettable xmen the last stand was a real eye opener to make singer come back i think, tts his baby and he knows exactly how to handle the x men universe . having oth casts in this movie could have been a risk but i believe that this is only the first in a couple of movies that have them both in More

Posted by ceaser at 20:48 on 28 January 2013 | Report This Post

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