Fox Denies That ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ Will Be Shown in 48 FPS [Updated]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated October 14th, 2013 at 3:22 pm,

DOFP Magneto Prof X Fox Denies That X Men: Days Of Future Past Will Be Shown in 48 FPS [Updated]

[UPDATE: Fox has denied that the 48 fps rumor is accurate.]

With the 2013 summer blockbuster season behind us, fall is now underway, bringing the usual awards-season prestige releases. There’s still plenty about the summer of 2014 to look forward to, though, and Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is easily one of the main draws. Adapting one of comic book’s most acclaimed  story arcs, the new film is a time-travel saga which unites the cast of the original X-Men films with their younger counterparts from X-Men: First Class - along with new faces like Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy and Evan Peters as Quicksilver.

While we’ve had a number of sneak peeks at some initial footage, along with Singer’s generous set tweets and some clever viral marketing for the mutant-hunting Sentinels (the brainchild of  Dinklage’s villain character  Boliver Trask), word on one potentially controversial aspect of the production has been quiet until now: whether or not DoFP will be shot and presented in 3D at 48 frames per second.

Anyone who followed Peter Jackson’s divisive choice to shoot his Hobbit trilogy in the new format knows that 48 frames per second is twice the normal frame rate of standard film recording and projection (24fps). Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey bowed to box-office success, but the reaction to the 48fps format was decidedly mixed. The main question was whether or not the choice was aesthetic (as Jackson claimed) or yet another gimmick designed to lure fans into the theater for a bigger, bolder cinematic spectacle.

Back in the spring of 2013, Bryan Singer had reportedly told Bleeding Cool that “they’d be shooting in 3D but at the typical 24fps.” Now, word from AICN claims that while the 3D format for Days of Future Past was always a given, the film was shot in the new format, as well.

According to an unnamed “second source:”

“X:DoFP was shot in HFR and will be released in 48fps. The filmmakers played coy because of the negative reaction to the technology when the Hobbit film was released, but love the results and will be standing behind a theatrical release in high frame rate.”

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While it’s normally prudent to take these unnamed sources with several tons of salt, there’s a good chance this one is accurate, with a confirmation by the director or studio soon to follow. Singer was reportedly very excited by his initial look at Jackson’s first Hobbit installment, and while early reviews of the technology were mixed, (but read ours for another perspective), the decision to push DoFP through at 48fps now has a strong precedent, not to mention that James Cameron may be shooting Avatar 2 and Avatar in the higher frame rate.

While the fiscally sound aspects of 48fps will outweigh many of the the pros and cons, it should be noted that that Singer’s film will of course be set in a very different universe. The drawbacks of seeing The Hobbit in that format – a reduction of the “graininess” of 24fps film, allowing more detail of Jackson’s craftsmanship to come through – which for many only highlighted the artificiality of the world – could actually enhance the details of Days of Future Past, with the sci-fi elements potentially better suited to the 3D effect than the high fantasy of Middle-earth.

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We know that Singer is shooting the scenes with Quicksilver’s super-speed powers in 3600fps, which, when projected at either 24fps or 48fps, sounds like an exciting showcase for a super-power which has yet to be fully depicted onscreen. (A a case could be made for Zack Snyder’s depiction of Superman’s speed in Man of Steel - but even there, many would expect a Flash movie to be different in design). We have also had some glowingly positive reactions to the careful use of 3D in Gravity (read our review here); if Singer approaches DoFP‘s extra axis with similar care, it could be another big step forward for 3D in 48 frames per second.

UPDATE: A Fox spokesman (via Variety) has denied that X-Men: Days of Future Past will be screened in 48 fps during its run in theaters.


Bryan Singer directs X-Men: Days of Future Past with newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Adan Canto, Josh Helman, along with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Lucas Till, and Daniel Cudmore.

X-Men: Days of Future Past will be in theaters on May 23, 2014.

Source: AICN

Update Source: Variety

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  1. I sort of expected this seeing as how Bryan Singer has been raving about 48fps and how it’s the future like Cameron has been about 3D back when Avatar was released. Seeing as it’s Singer doing this film I really wasn’t all that confident in the movie anyways and now here is some more wood for the fire.

  2. I really hope not, its just straying farther away from classic cinema. Having a soao opera clear as day picture isnt appealing to me. I love a little grain with my films, i always have. Gravity madd me come around to 3d i dont think this will have the same effect. I hated the look of the hpbbit, ypu could clearly tell what was a set.

    • Dont get me wrong I love high def movies, but some of the fast action stuff is so dizzy! Btw @ Trey having ….p instead of o much? XD

  3. I didn’t like 48 fps, it added fake fealing to Hobbit scenes. I really hope its just a rumor or we’ll have 24 fps version.

  4. And cue the people frothing at the mouths over the Hobbit.

  5. I don’t care about 48FPS in the theater, because they are not gonna get a ticket sale from me for that video look anyway. The real problem is that a downframed HFR movie (from 48 to 24fps) is a bit more jittery on Blu-ray than a regular 24fps movie, because the individual images have less motion blur, and because whatever artificial motion blur they might have added doesn’t really work.

  6. I don’t care as long as it still get’s a 2D release.

    • +1

      • I’m hoping it’s IMAX 2D too

  7. I don’t care as long as it is released in IMAX 3D people are going to be sooo sooo happy! !!

  8. The reason I didn’t enjoy it in The Hobbit was because the make up started to look rather fake. With Days of Future Past, I think it’s going to be more CGI than anything, so maybe this can work.

  9. I think this technique will get better with each movie, and at the same time, each movie has a very different universe and look than the others, so… taking into account that Days of future past will have an apocalyptic world and its about mutants and superpowers, I think this movie will have a better result than The Hobbit, that had a more ‘natural’ world, and most of the characters were human looking.

    In any case, many theatres around the world will probably show this movie just in 24fps, so the 48fps haters dont need to worry

    • Very true, it’ll be much more modern while The Hobbit needed that grainy edge to match the dusty and grainy pages of the book aha (My Hobbit book is very old). But in all honesty, I think with the super-powers, Sentinels, CGI work and everything, 48fps may be the way to go. I guess we’ll have to wait to find out!

      • yeah, lets wait and see.

        What I just need is a full trailer to appreciate all the exciting stuff of this movie. I need to see those big sets and some action already

  10. I actually thought 48 fps in The Hobbit was cool. It was super-precise picture quality. I can understand why people disliked it, but I, for one, thought it looked pretty neat. Excited for DoFP!

  11. I haven’t experienced 48FPS yet and I’m really looking forward to it, because I just hate current 24FPS. It looks aweful.

  12. I dont understand it well. I dont know about the cameras and the shooting.
    But I do know I didn´t have any complains while watching The Hobbit.

  13. gravity was a huge waste of time and money, glad i paid 5.75 to see that movie and did not fall for warners suckering all kinds of moviegoers out of imax money or 3d money. fox is pulling all the stops it can to salvage
    its ridiculous xmen universe and getting royally buried by IM3 and MOS
    is dictating their desperation. fox now has 10 consecutive marvel related
    movies with neither cracking a half a billion, and none looking like they will crack a billion in the next three years…

    • So even though you didn’t watch it in an imax theater and experience it in 3D you still feel like your in a position to critique it (and its audience) in a negative way? Bold

      • Iam extremely picky when its comes to imax, only movie this year worth watching
        In that format is pacific rim. The whole deal about bullock being in a fetal position
        And then bursting out of the water was so a scene out of the matrix. The visual effects
        Are outstanding but iam wondering where all the 100 million went to.

        • Fair enough, I too am extremely picky about the films I see at an imax cinema and even more so when it comes to 3D. Personally I saw Pacific Rim in an imax but the only times I have enjoyed the 3D tech were Avatar and Prometheus, so it just comes down to personal preference. I think watching Gravity in 2D offers a very different experience from an imax 3D though.

  14. Here’s what I care about…will any of the frames show Cyclops? I want Cyclops! And I want him now! And I don’t mean you should poke my eye out and say, “There ya go, Goldilocks! Quit yer whining’!”!!!

  15. Hobbit had a very bubblegum cotton candy look to it at times. I’d be rad if he used the higher rate for things that happen in the future… And a slower rate for stuff from the 70′s. I think it would add to the feel.

    • this is a cool idea…

  16. Too bad it won’t be done in 48fps. I think more film makers need to push the envelope and get us away from the limitations of the past.

    People like film grain and jittery motion because that’s what they’re used to. Change is uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t hold us back. Let the people stuck in the past stay there if they like with their 24fps and film grain, but let the people who want to experience new technology have that choice as well.

  17. why not