X-Men: Days of Future Past is moving along nicely, with Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, and Shawn Ashmore recently confirmed to return to the franchise. Director Bryan Singer has been tweeting a lot about the film (including casting confirmations) but he recently took part in an interview and was able to talk in more than 140 characters.
Singer described the film as “epic” and said he doesn’t “think people realise how big this movie’s going to be. We get to bring both casts together.”
“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.”
“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 also confirmed he’ll be taking all the previous X-Men films into account, which will obviously require working around some areas as five different directors have been involved with the franchise during its 10+ year history.
“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.”
The Days of Future Past comic storyline alternates between present day, in which the X-Men fight the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline caused by the X-Men’s failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In this future universe, Sentinels rule the United States, and mutants live in internment camps.
James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult are all set to reprise their roles, along with Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, and Shawn Ashmore. Filming will begin in April for a July 2014 release, and The Wolverine, directed by James Mangold, will hit screens July 2013.