‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ To Be Shot in 3D; Includes Richard Nixon

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Last week we found out that the sequel to X-Men: First Class would take place eleven years later, specifically in 1973. That’s only for part of the story of X-Men: Days of Future Past since the time time travel tale will also serve partly as a sequel of sorts to X-Men: The Last Stand, placing familiar mutants from the original trilogy into a dystopian future, or at least, an alternate version of the near present day.

While doing the press round for Jack the Giant Slayer, Singer revealed a few more details about the story, the production, Mark Millar’s involvement, the returning characters, and confirmed that Days of Future Past will be the first X-Men movie shot in 3D.

In the books, the “Days of Future Past” storyline and the horrific future depicted in it are a result of a singular event where the Brotherhood of Mutants (Magneto’s team) assassinated Senator Robert Kelly (played by Bruce Davison in X-Men 1 & 2), taking anti-mutant sentiment to a whole new level and causing the creation of giant mutant-hunting Terminator-esque machines called the Sentinels. We know the Sentinels will play a part in the film, but the timeline and event(s) causing the dystopian future will at least be slightly different, namely because the “present” in the movie will be in the ’70s.

 “Yeah we have and part of it takes place in the 1970s.  And Richard Nixon’s in it, that’ll be an interesting casting choice.  I can tell you that, that’s a little confirmation I guess… and there’ll also be some more science-fiction-type aspects to the story and, without giving it away, some technology that we haven’t seen yet in the X-Men universe.”

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Frank Langella nailed the mannerisms and voice of Nixon in Frost/Nixon – Is he available?

In chatting with Collider, Singer also revealed the specific dates for the shoot, one that’ll make this project the biggest film the director’s made to date.

“I start shooting April 15th in Montreal, probably until October.  It’s a big movie.  It’ll be the biggest movie I’ve ever made.”

With only two months until production begins, Singer and Simon Kinberg are still working on new drafts of the screenplay and none of the talent have seen a script yet. Despite that, Singer’s been able to spark the interest in many of the cast members from the X-Men trilogy and easily convince them to join, even though they’re not contracted to.

“I got the impression that everyone was kind of excited to come back.  The actors from X-Men: First Class are contracted to, but the ones I’ve spoken to are very enthusiastic.  Jen’s very excited, I’m with Nick these past few days and he’s excited, and Hugh, Ian, Patrick, Anna—they remember we felt very good about those first two X-Men films back then and I think there’s a good feeling about all of us working together again, and I’m very excited to work with the new cast members as a director as opposed to just a producer.”

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This summer’s The Wolverine is getting the 3D post conversion treatment and it was a no-brainer that X-Men: Days of Future Past would follow for the obvious financial reasons. After traveling to New Zealand for the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in early December, Bryan Singer chatted with guests including James Cameron – who may shoot Avatar 2 & 3 using 48fps – about the high frame rate 3D tech, and according to Ian McKellen, was happily impressed, so much so, that he was considering it for X-Men: DOFP.  He won’t be using the 48fps – which earned mixed reactions from critics and moviegoers – but will make the film the first X-Men movie to be shot in the native 3D format, explaining that the high frame rate would not “make sense for this movie.”

Since X-Men: First Class told a story that was entirely different from the comics it took its title from, how close will X-Men: Days of Future Past stick to the storyline its based on?

“Well you have to capture the essence of those stories, and if you try to do every single detail that’s in this story, that can be too much for a movie.  But if you can grab the essence of that story and those characters, and then realize it’s a movie it’s not a comic book so there are certain parameters that are different, it’ll still be satisfying to fans and non-fans.”

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Days of Future Past is a sequel to both X-Men: First Class and X-Men 3, essentially allowing Singer an opportunity to make sense of the awkward continuity in the films he didn’t direct, tying them together within the franchise he brought to the big screen. Coming Soon inquired about the continuity and how newly hired consultant Mark Millar may be helping out in that regard.

“I wrote the story for ‘First Class’ and produced it so this is a chance to not do a sequel to ‘First Class’ or a sequel to ‘X-Men 3′ but to do both I guess in a way. In ‘Days of Future Past’ the story structure is a fantastic way to do that.”

As for the bigger picture plans with the Marvel properties at Fox and tying them all together, potentially crossing over with Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot, Singer admits that he’s surprisingly not met with Mark Millar who Fox brought on to consult on these franchises.

“I think he’s working with Fox to look at some other stuff,” he said when asked whether they’ve had any conversations about any more X-Men spin-off movies. “I guess they’re trying to figure stuff out. I have my own thoughts about stuff like that. ‘X-Men: First Class’ is part of that, this will be part of that but we’ll see. But perhaps he and I will discuss that in the future. I’m just really focused on this movie at the moment.”

Millar did however, previously go on record to say that the plan is to establish the new Fantastic Four before they start getting into crossover event films.

Bryan Singer will direct X-Men: Days of Future Past with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and possibly, Alan Cumming. No word yet on Famke Janssen, James Marsden or Halle Berry.

The Wolverine releases July 26, 2013 and X-Men: Days of Future Past shoots from April to October for a July 18, 2014 release date.

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  1. What will it take for us to get a reboot…

    • Until singer leaves. For the life of me I don’t understand the love for the guy.

      • Might I suggest watching X-Men? Or X2? You might understand why people love him and are happy to have him on this project.

        • +1

        • Those and The Usual Suspects.

          Of the five X-Men films that hit theaters, the 3 that earned positive reviews he was involved with.

          • Don´t forget Apt Pupil. One of the best Stephen King adaptions ever, if not THE best. Ian McKellen was great in it.

        • X-men 2 is 100% in the top five superhero movies list IMO

      • For the life of me, I don’t understand why fan-boys who can’t seem to move pass the concept of cutting down a comic book series into two hour films with enough depth and development to make it satisfying enough. Bryan Singer will please people who can appreciate a good movie with round characters. Bryan Singer won’t please you fanboys who expect him to get the things YOU want right. So looks like the majority is not on your side.

      • Agree with you,until he leaves ! He is not a bad guy,has the heart at the right spot but he is just not a good director for the big screen !

    • agreed……………..

  2. So if this is a combined sequel to X-Men 3 and First Class, I am assuming that the elder Magneto, played by Ian McKellen, will not have his powers, at least in the beginning of the film. Hope he gets them back at some point, as I’d like to see what he does with them after regaining them.

    • If this is a sequel to xmen 3 then ha may have his powers back (he displayed some of his former abilities at the end of 3). One has to assume that from the time of xmen 3 to the emergence of the sentinels etc some amount of time (years) would have elapsed. Unless I’m confusing my time travel /alternate reality stuff.

      • It probably depends how many years have elapsed between X-Men 3 and the time of this movie. If he already has them back, I at least hope they show the progression of how he got them back. At the end of X-Men 3, he could barely move a chess piece.

        Just glad McKellen is back in it, as his presence adds something to these movies.

    • I think it’s going to be further into the future or in an alternate timeline so they’ll all have their powers – especially Rogue who needs them the most.

      • Out of curiousity… Why does Rogue need her powers the most?

        • Because she never really honestly gained any. Basically, her character was the Shia Labeouf of the X-Men universe, but instead of yelling “Optimus!” she yelled “Logan!”

          • Hahaha, good point.

        • Because she didn’t have any in ALL three films and was pissed about it in interviews after. Guaranteed she’s legit Rogue this time around.

          • Wouldn´t you need Ms. Marvel for that?

    • The ending of X-3 hinted that the cures effects were not permanent.

  3. If they use prosthetics for Nixon I just hope they’re better than the ones plastered on the guy who played him in Watchmen…

    • Did you know Richard Nixon had to watch “Deep Throat” 3 times before he could get it down Pat?

      • Richard Nixon went in to see his doctor for his annual physical. The doctor said, “The last thing we need to do is take a urine sample. If it comes out cloudy, we have a problem. If it comes out transparent, you are in excellent health, Mr. President. We will have the results first thing in the morning.” The President took the test,hoping for the best. Then he headed home. That night Mr. Nixon was saying his prayers before bedtime, and at the end he added one afterthought: “Let me make this one thing PERFECTLY CLEAR…!”

        • As Hunter S Thompson said, “Nixon was so crooked that he needed servants to help him screw his pants on every morning.”

  4. This movie is sounding awesome every piece of info we get!

  5. Singer did good for X1 and X2. We were never going to get an exact translation from the comics…although First Class came close. I didn’t like Singer’s Superman Returns only because it was boring as all hell. NO action…minus the airplane/shutte scene. I think he will have learned from Returns as well as X3 which he bounced from. ( Unfortunately ) I think he will do it justice as long as the screenplay is good.

  6. Wow!!! This movie is getting more press then GOTG, just saying. This movie will be amazing.

    • Well, one movie has one cast member, the other has five prequels and over a dozen actors on board so far, lol. This one is getting more press THIS week, but that change depending on announcements.

  7. Anyone else see where Bryan Singer announced via Twitter the casting of Peter Dinklage in X-Men: Days Of Future Past?

  8. I always thought that since Mystique pretended to be Senator Kelly after Kelly’s death in X-Men could be a nice plot detail that could lead to escalation. It was such a missed opportunity in X- Men : The Last Stand (of the many).

    In X-Men 3 Mystique is somehow caught sneaking into FDA to get info on the Cure. She can become anyone and has been shown to be great in stealth and a very effecient fighter, so how she got caught was beyond me.

    Anyway, Mystique pretended to be a reformed Senator Kelly for two years since the events of Liberty Island! What if under the guise of Kelly an incident occurred that put Mystique in danger and exposed her to the public. Investigation led to announcement of the death of Kelly during the time he went missing who resurfaced just after Magneto’s assault. This leads to public outcry and mobilization against the alleged Mutant Invasion!

    Presto, you got the incident that leads to the Day of Future Past storyline. Obviously this may not be the case of the new film but since the film will be a quasi sequel to Last Stand it could be logical.

    So if this film is also a sequel to the Last Stand, along with Wolverine, would that the events of the film will not be altered? So it’s stays as is?

    I am also convinced Cyclops is not dead but was transported across time. 😉

    • The big problem with this, and it’s the one thing that worries me about this film, is that the events you describe don’t happen in the 1970s, so why would Shadowcat (or anyone) go back to the 70s to prevent that?

      I just can’t think of any one action that could happen in the 70s and need to be prevented that doesn’t have any repercussions until post-X3. The only way it might work is if the alternate future has nothing to do with the original X-men trilogy, but this very article shows Singer is also making the movie a sequel to X3, so that’s not the case.

  9. Im sorry im a lil confused as to how patrick stewart will be back in this film. i no that Xavier is still alive but at the end of x-3 he was in a new body soooo am i missing something????

    • I’ve heard some people say that the man who’s body he took over was his twin brother, but I don’t know where that rumor started. Even if that’s not the case, you take Stewart, put a prosthetic nose on him, and maybe a wig, and bam! He’s a new person.

      • lmfao!

      • That actually wasn´t a rumor. The screenwriters stated that the comatose guy at the end of X3 was supposed to be “Peter Xavier”, Charles´ twin brother. I think it´s also in the audio commentary of the DVD. But they dropped the idea, I guess.

        • They lifted that angle from the comics, but originally it was a twin sister. Either one will have to be explained, but if First Class is part of the timeline said brother never being mentioned is just another one of those plot holes nobody cares about.

    • During the post credit scene of X3, it’s revealed that Prof.X is still alive. If you go back and watch the movie again (easier said than done I’m sure ;)) you’ll notice there was a scene where Prof.X was giving a lecture to his students. That scene + the end-credit scene + his strange smile during his death scene perfectly explain how he’s still alive.

  10. I’ve always liked singer a lot I think he’s done plent of good films and plenty of bad ones (in other words superman returns) but I think X-Men is more of his element than superman is I think his x-men films differed from The comics a lot but it didn’t damage the movie that much to me but now it looks like this movie will hue closer to comics which I think is great, can’t believe it’s only a couple months till they begin filming,hope it’s good we need some good X-Men movies after origins and Last Stand

  11. Surly it would have been better to pretend that xmen3 never happened rather than try to make sense of it.

  12. I find it ironic how this X-Men series has slapped the Watchmen gimmick on itself. Hope this script is more cohesive then the last few movies.

  13. Really disappointed that he won’t do the 3D in HFR. That’s the only kind of 3D I want to see now. Oh well, there’s always the next Hobbit.

  14. Let’s hope Richard Nixon will be the only “tricky Dick” in the film. After the mess that was First Class, I am nervous….!

  15. I liked First Class the best out of all of them, plus the Dink rocks…

  16. Come on Millar! At least help Fox get the new Fantastic Four movies right.

    I’ve all but given up hope on a decent X-Men movie.

  17. Emma Frost vs Nixon….

    Anyway I hope the film trades on some Watergate type shenanigans to make proper use of the Nixon character, otherwise its just some actor in make-up with a silly voice…. Speaking such quotes as “There’ll be no white wash in the White House” and “I’m not a crook” etc…

    • Good point.

    • Oh good call on the Emma Frost/Nixon joke!

  18. I liked the guy who played Nixon in Watchmen. I could understand the exaggerated prosthetics because it was supposed to be a caricature of Nixon anyway. Sure better than Anthony Hopkins’ Nixon in terms of resemblance.

    • I think that’s kind of the problem, Maopheus: Nixon is treated far more matter-of-factly in the comic, which makes him appear all the more dangerous, rather than some buffoonish easy cultural reference. True, Hopkins doesn’t actually resemble him that much, but you could say the same of Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon; both manage to personify the character anyway. I’m thinking particularly of the scene in the Oliver Stone movie where Nixon’s remembering his older brother dying of TB. There’s a look of haunted grief on Hopkins’s face, you suddenly realise he’s onstage accepting the nomination for president, and on comes that phony Nixon smile as if he were flipping a light switch. So spot-on it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up when I first saw that.

      • I would agree in part with you. Nixon has become a bit too much of a cultural touchstone. I mean there’s a reason why in the Watchmen universe, Nixon has become essentially the de facto dictator of the US. Because, of any recent president, he would be the one most likely to exploit a super weapon like Dr. Manhattan to that end. We’re all very familiar with him, his look, his mannerisms, “I’m not a crook”, the outspread arms showing the double V-symbols after he resigned. But also, in a strange way, even though it was a caricature, I felt the actor who played Nixon in Watchmen got him more than most other portrayals.


    • Okay Captain Caps, simmer down now…

      I just hated what they did to Barakapool

      • Captain Capslock. I dig.