X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST WonderCon Panel Recap Featuring Simon Kinberg and New Footage

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At WonderCon 2014, 20th Century Fox presented select footage from their upcoming sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past.  Of course there was the big white elephant in the room – which everyone chose to ignore/avoid (the panel was curiously the only one without any audience questions).  The focus was strictly on the film itself.  Writer/Producer Simon Kinberg was on hand to discuss adapting the beloved comic, getting time travel ‘right’ and making-up for X-Men: The Last Stand.  For the full recap of the footage shown and bullet point highlights of the Q&A, hit the jump.

Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg Talk X-MEN: APOCALYPSE; Will DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Alter the Timeline?

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X-Men: Days of Future Past is still over a month away, but there’s no time to waste!  We already have to start talking about the sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse, even though it doesn’t come out for over two years!  Director Bryan Singer and co-producer/co-writer Simon Kinberg spoke to EW about their plans for the film, and revealed that they will be taking elements from the 90s comic book series, Age of Apocalypse, but won’t strictly adhere to the alternate universe aspect of the story.  Kinberg explains that Apocalypse “won’t necessarily create an alternate universe, but there may be some swapping things that I’m playing with.”  Does that mean the time-travel in Days of Future Past might alter our reality to suit the needs of the new story, but not so drastically as to make the world unrecognizable?  Kinberg also goes on to say that “From a visual standpoint it actually may be a bigger movie than Days of Future Past because there’ll be disaster movie imagery, like the title would imply.”  Disaster imagery?  In a superhero movie?  Ridiculous.  People would never go for that.

Hit the jump for more X-Men: Apocalypse details.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 2D and 3D on May 23rd.  X-Men: Apocalypse opens May 27, 2016.

Quicksilver Runs on Walls in New X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Image; Simon Kinberg Reveals How the Character Fits into the Film

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A final trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past is due to arrive next week, but to hold us over, 20th Century Fox has released a new image that focuses on what has become the most talked-about character from the film: Quicksilver.  Evan Peters plays the fast-moving mutant in what amounts to a small supporting role, but reaction to the character’s look has thus far been less than enthusiastic—it doesn’t help that the first footage of Quicksilver in action came in a Carl’s Jr. commercial.  In this new X-Men: Days of Future Past image, we get a peek at Quicksilver’s abilities as he runs alongside a wall, sporting a Pink Floyd t-shirt and a pair of wind-resistant goggles.

Additionally, screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg recently spoke a bit about how Quicksilver fits into the overall story, teasing whether they will address the character’s true parentage in the film and talking about the dual usage of the character in Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Hit the jump to check out the X-Men: Days of Future Past image and quotes from Kinberg.  The film opens May 23rd.

X-MEN Producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg Considering Mystique Spin-Off

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Jennifer Lawrence is super-popular and will likely continue to get great roles, but her marquee franchise, The Hunger Games, will wrap up in November 2015 with the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.  If she’s looking for another blockbuster series, she may need to get a little blue.  In a recent interview with EW, X-Men: Days of Future Past producers Lauren Shuler Donner and talked about X-Men spin-offs.  Donner once again talked about her desire to do Gambit and Deadpool movies, and Kinberg added “I love what Jen Lawrence has done with [Mystique], and I feel like because she is in such a crowded ensemble, there’s so much more opportunity if you were to follow her solo.”  I agree that Mystique is an interesting character, and Lawrence could potentially do a lot more with the role.  Then again, that was the opinion going into X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and that turned out to be abysmal.  A good concept isn’t close to enough.

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Drew Goddard Departs Sci-Fi Film THE MARTIAN; Matt Damon Courted to Star

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A couple of days ago, we learned that The Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard has closed his deal to direct Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff film The Sinister Six.  However, it appears that his busy schedule has subsequently forced Goddard to back out of a different project.  The Wrap reports that Goddard has exited 20th Century Fox’s sci-fi film The Martian, which he signed on to last year.  With his impending schedule, Fox wasn’t keen to wait on the filmmaker to move forward on the project.  Not only is Goddard writing and directing Sinister Six, but he’s first running and directing Marvel’s Daredevil Netflix series, so he wouldn’t be able to move his focus back to The Martian for quite some time.

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Landing just outside of this week’s Top 5 and earning an opening paragraph mention as a result is the first trailer and poster for writer/editor/director Ti West‘s The Sacrament. Obviously inspired by 1978′s Jonestown Massacre, the film features a team of journalists who attempt to document the story of a seemingly peaceful religious commune only to have the proverbial shit hit the fan in the process. I think West is among the best working directors in terms of creating and maintaining terror as evidenced by both 2009′s The House of the Devil and 2011′s The Innkeepers. Each of those films expertly sustain a sense of dread throughout and if Gene Jones hauntingly daring the visiting journalists to “Take it…” in this first trailer is any indication, The Sacrament looks to be cut from the same stellar mold. While it will be tough to match the psychological horror dealt out by 2011′s cult-centric drama Martha Marcy May Marlene, I’ll be anxiously anticipating West’s latest up until the time it hits VOD on May 1st.

Transitioning to the list section of the feature, this week’s installment highlights the first trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Steve’s set visit coverage for X-Men: Days of Future Past, interviews for and Matt’s review of Paul W.S. Anderson‘s Pompeii, casting news for Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot, and coverage from the floor of Toy Fair 2014 at the Javits Center in NYC. Keep reading for a quick recap and link to each of the above.

90 Things to Know about Bryan Singer’s X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST from Our Set Visit

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Last August, when director Bryan Singer was busy filming X-Men: Days of Future Past in Montreal, FOX invited a few online reporters to visit the set.  As someone that grew up reading X-Men comics, and remembers being captivated by Chris Claremont’s Days of Future Past storyline in X-Men #141 and #142, getting to see this story come to life was an amazing experience and one I’ll never forget.  For those not familiar with the story, the movie 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.  Trust me, Days of Future Past is a very cool storyline, and a perfect way to have the old and new cast in one film.

While on set, I got to participate in group interviews with the cast and filmmakers.  While everyone was careful not to reveal any major spoilers, they did provide us with a ton of interesting behind-the-scenes information and a lot of details about the film.  So if you’re looking forward to X-Men: Days of Future Past, hit the jump for my list of 90 things to know about the film.  The film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore, Nicholas Hoult, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Evan Peters, Lucas Till, Evan Jonigkeit, Josh Helman, Adan Canto, Anna Paquin, Booboo Stewart, Daniel Cudmore, Omar Sy, and Bingbing Fan.

Writer/Producer Simon Kinberg Talks the Evolution of the Script, Time Travel, the X-MEN Franchise, and More on the Set of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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20th Century Fox owns many of my favorite Marvel characters.  Since Marvel has done such an amazing job combining their various characters across their movies, I was wondering when Fox might do something similar with the ones they own.  During a group interview with writer-producer Simon Kinberg on the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past last summer, he revealed the studio was finally thinking about it:

“Fox is a very different place than it was when I made X-Men 3 there. And it’s been evolving since X3 to First Class to this, and there’s no question that the Marvel model has influenced and inspired them. We approached this movie from the standpoint of what to do with the universe rather than what to do with the story. We talked about other Marvel properties at Fox and talked a lot about what the future stories would be, whether they followed the cast in the future or the cast in the past and they’re all about trying to do what Marvel’s done and create different platforms for different stories.”

During the rest of the great interview, Kinberg talked about the evolution of the script, time travel, changes from the comic storyline, the X-Men franchise, having both casts in the film, the challenges of scheduling the various actors, how he approached the Sentinels, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Director Bryan Singer and Screenwriter Simon Kinberg Talk X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

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X-Men: Days of Future Past is still four months away, which means it’s already old news.  Time to move on to the shiny, new thing in the distance: X-Men: Apocalypse.  A couple months ago, director Bryan Singer announced the sequel featuring the eponymous foe, and earlier this month said that the picture would address mutant origins and how “we think about our Gods and our history and miracles and powers.”  In the latest issue of Empire Magazine, Singer expanded on his thoughts for Apocalypse, and along with screenwriter Simon Kinberg, explains how it will relate to Days of Future Past.

Hit the jump for more.  For more X-Men news, click here for new details on X-Men: Days of Future Past and click here for new details on a Gambit movie .

Simon Kinberg Turns in THE FANTASTIC FOUR Script; Testing for Leads of Reed Richards and Sue Storm to Occur Later This Month

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112 days ago, we reported that Simon Kinberg would be rewriting the Fantastic Four reboot.  As of today, that rewrite has been turned in, which means 20th Century Fox is expected to start testing leads later this month.  Names circling the lead roles include Miles Teller, Kit Harington and Richard Madden for Reed Richards, with Kate Mara and Saoirse Ronan for Sue Storm.  Michael B. Jordan is reportedly attached to star as Johnny Storm, and will test with each group to determine who has the best chemistry.  Director Josh Trank’s The Fantastic Four is due in theaters June 19, 2015.  Hit the jump for more.

MAGIC: THE GATHERING Coming to the Big Screen Courtesy of 20th Century Fox and Simon Kinberg

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The latest pasttime to make the transition onto the big screen looks to be Magic: The Gathering.  The card game, which celebrated its 20th anniversary of its first publication last year, represents a battle of wizards known as “Planeswalkers” who deploy cards depicting spells, artifacts and creatures in order to defeat their opponents.  The Magic community remains strong, with professional players participating in an organized tournament system.  It’s no surprise then that Fox has worked out a deal with Hasbro to adapt the popular game, tapping Simon Kinberg to produce and develop the property into a franchise.  Hit the jump for more.

Bryan Singer Bringing Back X2 Writers Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris for X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

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X-Men: Days of Future Past doesn’t hit theaters until May, but Bryan Singer is already looking ahead to one of the mutants’ biggest foes.  The director recently announced that X-Men: Apocalypse was in the works, and now he’ll be re-teaming X2 screenwriters Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris to collaborate with Days of Future Past writer Simon Kinberg on the story.  David Hayter also contributed to the X2 screenplay, but apparently he’s not on board for Apocalypse.  Between this and not being rehired to voice Solid Snake for Metal Gear Solid 5, that dude is getting no love.  While I’m a Hayter fan, I’m still glad that Singer is pulling from his X2 talent since that’s the best film in the franchise thus far, although we currently don’t know who will be penning the screenplay.  Singer also tweeted that “It’s snowing in Egypt!” which could also be a reference to Egypt being part of Apocalypse/En Sabah Nur’s origin.

Hit the jump to check out a photo of Singer working with his writing team.  X-Men: Age of Apocalypse is set for May 27, 2016.

20th Century Fox Eyes Mark Millar’s Space Fantasy Comic STARLIGHT for Movie Adaptation

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20th Century Fox is atop a short list of movie studios looking to adapt Mark Millar’s upcoming comic book, a space fantasy adventure titled Starlight.  Intended to be a six-part miniseries, Starlight is described as a mash-up of Flash Gordon and The Dark Knight Returns, as it centers on a space hero returning to Earth to settle down, but is called into action when his old spaceship shows up.  The comic, written by Millar and illustrated by Goran Parlov, will show up in stores next March under the Image comics banner.  Hit the jump for more on its potential movie adaptation.

Fox to Remake MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS with Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, and Mark Gordon

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20th Century Fox has acquired the feature rights to the Agatha Christie classic Murder on the Orient Express.  The book takes place on the luxurious train, stuck in a snowdrift in Yugoslavia.  That night a man is murdered, but fortunately cunning detective Hercule Poirot is aboard to solve the case.  THR reports Ridley Scott (Prometheus) will produce alongside Mark Gordon (Source Code) and Simon Kinberg (Elysium).  Scott is currently shooting the Biblical epic Exodus and recently stated his next two projects are already set, so he is likely too busy to direct the Christie adaptation.

Albert Finney played Poirot in the 1974 adaptation that earned six Oscar nominations.  Alfred Molina took on the role in 2001 TV movie that was not received quite so well.  Fox is still looking for a writer, so no word on who might play the Belgian detective this time around.  But I expect a thorough casting search since there are 33 novels and 50 short stories that offer plenty of material for a Poirot franchise if Murder on the Orient Express is successful.  Check out the book synopsis and 1974 trailer after the break.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Writer Simon Kinberg Tapped by Fox to Create Marvel-Style Movie Universe

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Since The Avengers, Marvel Studios has been setting the superhero blockbuster tone and watching all the other studios try to scramble together whatever costumed crusaders they have.  Marvel took the time to build up to Avengers and the company has the character library to move forward at a steady, deliberate pace.  Meanwhile, this week has made it abundantly clear how badly the other studios want an Avengers-like movie and the universe to go with it.  Wonder Woman will now be in the Batman/Superman movie; The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is so eager to lead into the Sinister Six, it’s probably showing off its post-credits scene in the first trailer; and X-Men: Days of Future Past is still five months away, but yesterday Bryan Singer was already tweeting about the next movie, X-Men: Apocalypse.  We don’t know if these movies will be good, but we know they’ll be big.

In an effort to go even bigger, 20th Century Fox has made a deal with X-Men writer Simon Kinberg to create a Marvel-style movie universe for the studio.  Hit the jump for more.

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