X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Will Complete the FIRST CLASS Trilogy; Simon Kinberg Talks Recasting Younger Versions of the Original Characters

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It’s hard to imagine an X-Men movie bigger than X-Men: Days of Future Past, what with its multiple timelines, ginormous cast, and time travel shenanigans, but those involved with X-Men: Apocalypse continue to reiterate that it will be the biggest X-Men movie yet.  20th Century Fox recently confirmed that Bryan Singer will indeed be returning to direct, and he’s been hard at work developing the script with DOFP scribe Simon Kinberg and X2 screenwriters Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty.

Filming is scheduled to get underway next spring in anticipation of the film’s May 27, 2016 release date, and to promote the upcoming Blu-ray release of DOFP, Kinberg recently answered a number of fan questions about the franchise.  Chiefly, Kinberg revealed that the thrust of Apocalypse is to “complete the trilogy” that was initially set up in X-Men: First Class.  Hit the jump for much more, including the possibility of seeing younger versions of the original X-Men.

Fox Plans to Release Extended X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST “Rogue Cut” with 10 Extra Minutes Including More Anna Paquin in 2015

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X-Men: Days of Future Past is available on Blu-ray and DVD October 14, but 20th Century Fox already has its eyes toward an extended cut next year.  Anna Paquin‘s scenes as Rogue were notably cut from the theatrical release.  Variety reports the “Rogue Cut” will add 10 minutes of extra footage including Paquin’s scenes and additional sequences.  Producer Simon Kinberg remarked on the importance of Paquin’s storyline:

“It’s a big chunk, a substantial part of the movie.  We want to give (fans) the fullest picture of the film—behind the camera, and in front of it… Every movie has scenes that are cut out, but not every movie has scenes cut out with such a beloved character.”

The tentative plan is to release the X-Men: Days of Future Past “Rogue Cut” in the first half of next year, likely Summer 2015.  More after the jump.

Rumor: DEADPOOL Movie Gunning for a PG-13 Rating?

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Not only is the Deadpool movie finally happening, but 20th Century Fox also gave it a February 12th, 2016 release date, too.  Why now all of sudden?  Perhaps it’s got something to do with the fact that the filmmakers apparently figured out a way to make Deadpool a PG-13 film.

Even though the character may deserve an R-rated movie, going the PG-13 route still seemed inevitable.  The quality of the content should always be top priority, but moviemaking is still a business and when you’ve got a business to run, dishing out a product that cuts off a significant amount of the target audience isn’t the smartest approach.  Hit the jump for more on the Deadpool movie rating rumor.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Elements Could Pop Up in STAR WARS REBELS; Daisy Ridley’s Costume Revealed?

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We did just get a look at the Millennium Falcon and X-Wing ships, but how about getting the chance to see even more from Star Wars: Episode VII including locations, weapons and more?  It’s being reported that you’ll get that opportunity if you watch Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels.

Star Wars Rebels takes place five years before A New Hope.  It’s a dark time in the galaxy thanks to the Galactic Empire, but the crew of the starship Ghost is hoping to change that.  The show is set to kick off on the Disney Channel on October 3rd before moving over to Disney XD for the rest of the season.  Hit the jump for more on the Episode VII elements that Star Wars Rebels may tease as well as a sketch of Daisy Ridley’s costume.

STAR WARS REBELS Extended Trailer; Exclusive Preview Screening Planned for Comic-Con

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The team behind Star Wars Rebels is giving up just a little more material before their panel and that preview screening at San Diego Comic-Con.  In addition to the footage we got in that full trailer back in May, this extended version adds a message from Obi-Wan Kenobi revealing that the Jedi Order and the Republic have fallen.  However, that’s when a 14-year-old con artist named Ezra (voiced by Taylor Gray) gets to step up.  Not only does he have a flair for stealing from the Empire, but he’s also got the ability to tap into the Force without even knowing it. Check out what happens when Ezra teams up with Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and the rest of the crew aboard The Ghost in the Star Wars Rebels extended trailer after the jump.  The show premieres on Disney XD in the fall and also features the voices of Vanessa Marshall, David Oyelowo and Steven Jay Blum.

Simon Kinberg Says Ridley Scott’s Next Film Will Be THE MARTIAN

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It appears as though Ridley Scott has settled on his next project.  Back in April, we learned that Scott had entered talks to direct the sci-fi film The Martian with Matt Damon set to star.  Speaking on Jeff Goldsmith’s podcast recently (via The Playlist), producer Simon Kinberg confirmed that The Martian will indeed be Scott’s next project, and in fact the film is gearing up to start production this fall.  Drew Goddard was initially attached to direct the Gravity-esque tale of an astronaut who is stranded on Mars and must make his way home, but was forced to drop out of the director’s chair due to his Sinister Six commitments.  However, Goddard completed what Kinberg describes as an “incredible script”, and it looks like Scott will next be heading to the Red Planet to bring the project to fruition.

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Simon Kinberg Talks the Origin of the X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Post Credits Scene, When It Was Filmed, and Its Connection to X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

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After a heavy amount of anticipation, X-Men: Days of Future Past is now finally out in theaters, and naturally everyone wants to know “what’s next?”  The sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse, is already dated for release on May 27, 2016, and director Bryan Singer plans to return to the director’s chair on the pic, which will follow the First Class cast of characters plus Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in the 1980s.  Obviously the title confirms that the comics supervillain Apocalypse will be the “Big Bad” in Apocalypse, but we don’t know much about how the character will be utilized in the follow-up.

We recently spoke with Days of Future Past and Apocalypse screenwriter Simon Kinberg about the DOFP post-credits scene and how it leads to the sequel, and the scribe revealed that the actor seen at the end of Days of Future Past won’t necessarily return for the follow-up and implied that X-Men: Apocalypse won’t be returning to the setting glimpsed in the post-credits scene.  Kinberg also discussed how they came up with the tease that became the post-credits tag.  Read on after the jump.  Obviously spoilers for the Days of Future Past tag follow.

Simon Kinberg Explains How the Ending of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Affects other X-MEN Movies

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X-Men: Days of Future Past is a time-travel movie, and as fans of time-travel movies know, if you change something in the past, you alter the future.  That’s the mutants’ plan in the movie: send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back to 1973 in order to change a future where humans and mutants has been nearly annihilated by the killer-robot Sentinels.  Wolverine’s very presence in the past alters the timeline, and the way the movie ends is a bit confusing.

We asked writer-producer Simon Kinberg to explain how the ending of X-Men: Days of Future Past affects the other X-Men movies.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.  Warning: Spoilers ahead.

Simon Kinberg Talks X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, Calling It a “Disaster Movie, Extinction Level Event”

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X-Men: Days of Future Past is off to a grand start with a $90+ million opening weekend, but screenwriter Simon Kinberg is already looking ahead to the follow-up film, X-Men: Apocalypse.  He’ll reteam with director Bryan Singer on the next X film, which aims to follow through with the timeline-altering events of the current mutant movie.  There’s a lot to keep track of over the entire slate of X-Men films, but it feels like the universe is ready to leave some of the confusion behind and move forward in a big way with the inclusion of what is arguably the comic series’ biggest bad.

Kinberg not only talked about the post-credits scene of X-Men: Days of Future Past and how it leads into X-Men: Apocalypse, he also commented on which characters will carry over and how they’ll impact the story, as well as the ambitious “extinction level event” they have planned.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say, but mind the spoilers.

TOP 5: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Trailer, Gareth Edwards to Direct STAR WARS Spinoff, MAN OF STEEL Sequel Gets Official Title, LIFE ITSELF Trailer

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And just like that, my excitement for Marvel’s Ant-Man has been severely diminished. Understanding that making a film of this size is hardly the work of a single person, the loss of Edgar Wright from the director’s chair remains a huge subtraction nonetheless. I’m undoubtedly biased as Wright is one of my favorite working filmmakers, but I can’t see how you let a talent of his caliber walk away from a project that he’s been developing in one way or another for nearly a decade and cite “creative differences” as the culprit. I realize the film industry has brass at the top calling the shots like any other big business, but if I’m made to believe that there are two irreconcilable visions for Ant-Man (Marvel’s and Wright’s) then I can’t help but think that we’ll now be getting the lesser one next July. As unfair as it is, even if the finished product turns out great (which could very well happen), I’ll always wonder how it might have been with Wright at the helm.

All Ant-Man talk aside, this week’s Top 5 features our interviews for and review of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, the news that Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will direct the first Star Wars spinoff, the lengthy official title for the Man of Steel sequel, and the first trailer for director Steve JamesRoger Ebert doc Life Itself. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Simon Kinberg “Regrets” Where X-MEN: THE LAST STAND Ended Up; Confirms Quicksilver for X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

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In my look back at X-Men: The Last Stand, I noted that it wasn’t an awful film as much as it’s a frustrating one since it’s trying to pursue two storylines: “The Dark Phoenix Saga” and another about the mutant “cure”.  Simon Kinberg, who wrote the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past and co-wrote The Last Stand, also isn’t completely pleased with the 2006 film.  Specifically, he regrets “that “The Dark Phoenix story wasn’t the primary story of the movie.”  He goes on to tell say that he regrets where The Last Stand ended up, but like the characters in Days of Future Past, he now has an opportunity to right a past wrong.  “It’s sort of a chance for me to go back and do differently what I did ten years ago on ‘X3‘,” says Kinberg.

Hit the jump for more including a brief update on the next X-Men movie, X-Men: ApocalypseX-Men: Days of Future Past opens on Friday.

Simon Kinberg Talks X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, the Challenge of Assembling the Cast, Deleted Scenes, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, FANTASTIC FOUR, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.  As most of you know, Days of Future Past finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  The film also takes place in the future, so we’re going to see the original X-Men cast and what will happen if Wolverine fails.  I caught a screening last week and am very happy to report the film is great.  It’s loaded with awesome character moments and tons of mutant action.  You’re all going to love it.  For more on the film, watch these five clips and nine minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, and click here for all of our coverage.

At the New York City press day, I landed a video interview with screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg.  He talked about the challenges of making Days of Future Past, if he was nervous about certain cast members not returning for the sequel, deleted scenes, X-Men: Apocalypse, Fantastic Four, and more.  Hit the jump to watch the interview.

FANTASTIC FOUR and X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Writer-Producer Simon Kinberg Explains Complication of a Crossover

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Last year, we reported that writer-producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) had been tapped to write a “Marvel-style” universe that would bring together 20th Century Fox’s two major superhero properties, X-Men and Fantastic Four because that’s what The Avengers hath wrought.  Kinberg told THR, “I have a lot of ideas on how to build those brands and do what everybody is thinking of these days: Be like Marvel.  I want to be able to build stories over multiple movies.”  While Kinberg may still want to “build those brands”, he’s well aware that it’s not as easy as shoehorning them into the same story.

Hit the jump for more, and click here for what Kinberg told Steve about The Fantastic Four.

Producer Simon Kinberg Says CINDERELLA Is “Very Loyal” to the Original Film and Filled with “Heart, Sweetness, Fun, and Magic”

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The latest in Disney’s series of animated-to-live-action adaptations hits theaters later this month by way of Maleficent, but the studio already has another update of a beloved classic in the can: Cinderella.  The film was in development for years and initially had Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) attached as director, but when he fell off, Disney signed Kenneth Branagh to take the helm.  The cast is led by Lily James (Downton Abbey) in the lead role with Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother and Game of Thrones’ King of the North Richard Madden as the prince, making for quite a promising pedigree.

While speaking with writer/producer Simon Kinberg in anticipation of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Steve also asked Kinberg about Cinderella, which he produced.  Kinberg described the live-action take as “very loyal” to the 1950 animated film, but also noted that the pic has some twists and changes to keep things interesting.  Read on after the jump.

Writer-Producer Simon Kinberg Talks STAR WARS REBELS, His Duties on the Show, and the Thrill of Writing for Original Trilogy Characters

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Writer-Producer Simon Kinberg is keeping extremely busy these days as he’s playing a huge role in three of Hollywood’s biggest franchises: X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Star Wars.  For Star Wars, his role goes beyond the movies; he’s also a co-creator, executive producer, and writer on the upcoming Star Wars animated series, Star Wars Rebels.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the series, it takes place between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, as the Empire looks to tighten its grip on the galaxy while a rebellion begins to form.

During the press day for X-Men: Days of Future Past, Steve spoke with Kinberg about Star Wars Rebels.  Kinberg talked about his specific duties on the show, his contributions, and the surreal feeling of writing for original trilogy characters.  Hit the jump for more, and in case you missed it, click here for what Kinberg had to say about The Fantastic Four.

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