Will ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Shoot in 3D and 48fps?

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While we await the official announcements (and signings) of returning actors Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan and Hugh Jackman for X-Men: Days of Future Past we also await news on what format the film will release in.

The followup to X-Men: First Class begins production in April and it’s possible that like The Hobbit, it could be shot in 3D and 48fps.

With next year’s The Wolverine representing the first X-Men film to release in 3D, it’s practically a certainty at this point that all X-Men films going forward will utilize the format, whether shot that way or post-converted.

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The boost to ticket prices and hence, box office revenue, 3D a no-brainer business decision for studios. And with the competition utilizing the format as well, it’s expected from the mainstream moviegoer for the action-heavy blockbusters. As an example, The Wolverine goes up against Iron Man 3Man of Steel and Thor: The Dark World next year and all three are coming in 3D.

The following year, X-Men: Days of Future Past will share the market with Captain America: The Winter SoldierThe Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Guardians of The Galaxy, again, all coming in 3D. So we can safely say that Days of Future Past – like The Wolverine – will come in 3D. But wouldn’t it be interesting if it was shot in 48 FPS as well? That would give it something that the other genre films will not have.

From Bryan Singer’s Twitter account – which he began using only a few weeks ago, tweeting lots of info about X-Men - we know that he attended the New Zealand premiere of The Hobbit with guests including James Cameron.

Bryan Singer James Cameron Will X Men: Days of Future Past Shoot in 3D and 48fps?

And like James Cameron who may shoot Avatar 2 & 3 using 48fps if it’s ‘accepted,’ Singer may do the same for the next X-Men team-up. The news comes from Magneto himself aka Gandalf, who in an interview with Malone’s Movie Minute promoting The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, mentioned that from the premiere, Singer was impressed and excited about the technology.

Unfortunately, the reaction from early screenings and reviews offers a mixed bag of conclusions about the 48fps format and how it looks on the big screen. To director Peter Jackson, it enhances the 3D and offers a sense of reality that can’t be beaten.

The Wolverine is being post-converted into 3D. Wouldn’t it be neat if X-Men: Days of Future Past was shot in 3D? That would give it another pillar to their marketing plans since the other superhero/comic book films over the next two years are all likely going to be post-converted with the exception of Marc Webb’s Spider-Man reboot sequel. As for the 48fps, the jury’s still out.

With X-Men: Days of Future Past promising to explore time travel, and involve massive, towering robot Sentinels in a dystopian future battling mutants with special effects heavy superpowers, it lends itself well to the 3D format. Especially if it is shot with actual 3D camera rigs. Stay tuned, it’s possible Singer will be tweeting about this shortly. According to his latest updates, he read the current draft of the Days of Future Past screenplay on his 14 hour flight home.

Bryan Singer will direct X-Men: Days of Future Past with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, who could be joined by the return of Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, James Marsden, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore. Stay tuned!

The Wolverine releases July 26, 2013 and X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters on July 18, 2014.

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Source: Malone’s Movie Minute

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  1. No surprise here seeing that both Cameron and Singer were pretty impressed with the 48 fps 3D showing of The Hobbit. I would be surprised though if Singer did go ahead with shooting in HFR format. Cameron I can see using the technology but Singer seems less of a risk-taker to me. Pandora or any other place in HFR(if done right) for Avatar 2 could be pretty awesome

  2. Didn’t Cameron said that he planned to shoot the next two Avatars in 60fps?

  3. Everyone’s jumping on the 48FPS bandwagon.

    At least studios waited for Avatar to gross $2billion before diving into 3D. HFR is still relatively untested. Its had a few test screenings but we wont be sure how a general audience will react, and how that will effect box office, until after the Hobbit is released.

    I do like that its film makers talking about HFR instead of the studio. I have more confidence in the individual film maker than a Hollywood executive out to make a buck

    • New tech, evolution of cinema, etc. etc.

      Everyone was jumping all over that technicolor bandwagon in the ’30s :p

    • I agree. I’d much rather have the film makers want to do it than it being forced by studio execs.

      And that’s why I really dislike post-converted 3D, and don’t want to support it at the cinema. If it’s not in the film maker’s vision, don’t force it just to make extra money.

  4. and if you do, I won’t be paying to see this movie.

  5. It’s a no brainer if we had the statistics and the graphs they possess in our hands. 3D movies got a huge pulse this year and The Hobbit is just a ticket to a bigger exponential growth.

  6. Great what we all really need, a war over frame rates…

    • if it wasnt 3d or frame rate, people will be arguing over “Digital vs. Film” or something else stupid. People like to argue and the studios dont let us go hungry on that

  7. Who cares about 3D or 48 FPS, just make a good movie!

    • Exactly!

    • Best post of the day on this subject! “Clash of the Titans” didn’t stink because it had post-converted 3D, it stunk because it was a poor remake. “The Avengers” wasn’t awesome because it was in 3D, but because it was an awesome film. Make a good movie and it will do well regardless of the format it’s shot in.

    • Yeah, try to write a script before worrying about bells and whistles.

    • … the logic…is…overloading…brain!
      Can’t. Process. That. Much. Sense.
      [System Failure]

  8. I’m still waiting to see for myself how The Hobbit looks in that format, but the smooth motion look on my 3D projector looks great to me, so I’m excited to see what a film shot natively will look like.
    If the film makers want to shoot in that format (and it’s not just being forced by studio execs), I say great. As long as people who don’t like it have the option to see it in 24fps 2D, and I have the option to see it in 48fps 3D (assuming I like it in the Hobbit) then it’s all good.

  9. 24fps? Lagg much?

  10. I seriously don’t understand why filmmakers are jumping on this. IMO it looks terrible, the first time I saw it it reminded me of those backstage documentaries of on set production. The actors look sped up and the sets look like sets, it doesn’t feel like you’re watching a movie at all. I was just waiting for the camera men and the director to run into the shot. There’s no cinematic illusion. I’ll be really surprised if audiences end up liking it even half as much as they like 3D, which isn’t saying much. For 3D only I could see it’s use, but I’m pretty ticked that if I want to see Hobbit (or Star Trek preview)in IMAX I have no choice but to see it in 48 fps. Anyone who wants to test it out, find one of those HDTVs with the ‘true motion’ or ‘real motion’ feature and play a Blu Ray on it.

    • Woah dude at work today described it exactly how you just did.

    • I’m just worried that studios, with their oversimplified view of the world, will regard the ticket sales of “testing it out” as some kind of acceptance of the new format.

  11. It’ll be like 3D, where it doesn’t matter how much audiences ‘like it’, just that it’s the more expensive ticket so the studios are going to push it more so we have to buy it because they intentionally gave us less but more expensive options. And since it does help 3D look the way it’s supposed to look, it’ll probably become synonimous with 3D pretty quick. Unfortunately it’s already tied to the biggest three movies of the next three years, so it’s almost inevitable that it continues. Thanks Peter Jackson!

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