The X-MEN franchise has been making almost as much noise as Marvel Studios’ productions (imagine if they had control over the muties) of late, as X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST has turned into a daily update casting machine, and THE WOLVERINE comes closer to theaters.
Bryan Singer, the director of X-MEN and X-2, is returning to the series to direct X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, and extolled the film’s high ambition:
“It’s epic. I don’t think people realize 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.”
How close does it hew to Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s comic book storyline?
“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.”
Every movie is seen as canon, even the crappy ones:
“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.”
Watch his Twitter account for updates:
“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.”
The film stars Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and Hugh Jackman. Whew. The movie comes out July 18th, 2014.