Last year, when Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past was filming in Montreal, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters. 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.
During a break in filming, I was able to participate in a group interview with Nicholas Hoult. As someone that loved his portrayal of Hank McCoy/Beast in X-Men: First Class, it was great to be able to ask him a few questions about the sequel. During the interview he talked about Beast’s new makeup, his character’s relationship with Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), the amazing cast, filming some of the action scenes (including taking a hit to the crotch from McAvoy), working with Bryan Singer, whether the script changed on set, and so much more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
Bryan Singer doesn’t get enough credit for the popularity of comic book movies around the world. About 15 years ago, before Marvel was MARVEL, and before movie studios announced release dates for superhero movies years in advance, Singer was directing his fourth feature–a modestly budgeted movie called “X-Men“. At the time, movie studios weren’t making tentpole superhero movies, and the ones that were being made treated the genre like a joke (e.g. Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin). But Singer changed that. He created a world with interesting characters that dealt with real-world problems. He also was able to update the civil rights message of the original X-Men comics and reapplied it to current discrimination against homosexuals. Singer showed what the genre was capable of, and for that I will forever be grateful.
Now that you know how I feel about the X-Men movies and Singer, you can imagine how excited I was when 20th Century Fox invited me to visit the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past when the production was filming in Montreal last August. During a break in filming a very cool plane sequence featuring Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Hugh Jackman, I was able to participate in a group interview with Singer. He talked about bringing back the original cast, time travel, how he was directing another X-Men movie, the Sentinels, casting Peter Dinklage, easter eggs, and so much more. Hit the jump for what he had to say. X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd.
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.
Last week, X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer tweeted that in 2016, the franchise would continue with X-Men: Apocalypse. We assumed that since he tweeted that information, he would be directing the film. Vulture has now confirmed that Singer will be returning to helm the sequel, making it his first back-to-back franchise venture since X-Men and X2. Furthermore, Days of Future Past will lead directly into X-Men: Apocalypse, and “the new film is intended to focus strictly on the younger McAvoy-Fassbender cast”. So where does that leave the franchise superstar Wolverine? Perhaps off on another solo adventure? Either way, it looks like DOFP will probably be a bit of a cliffhanger, so I’m glad Singer will be staying at the helm as the series moves to its next chapter (assuming DOFP is good, and as someone who thinks X2 is the best film in the franchise, I think it will be).
X-Men: Days of Future Past opens May 23, 2014. X-Men: Apocalypse opens May 27, 2016.
As the only major studio release this weekend, it’s no shock to find The Wolverine in first place. With an estimated $55 million from 3,924 locations, the sixth entry in Fox’s X-Men franchise more than doubled the total of the second place The Conjuring but still managed to look a bit disappointing in the process.
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|| The Conjuring
|| Despicable Me 2
|| Grown Ups 2
|| Red 2
|| Pacific Rim
|| The Heat
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Comic-Con 2013 is officially in full swing, and to celebrate the occasion Amazon has a pretty geek-friendly Blu-ray deal as today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day. The Marvel Blu-ray bundle (sadly no the Disney-owned Marvel) is now 70% off, which is only $59.99 down from $199.99. The set is a bit of a mixed bag, as it includes X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class, Daredevil, Fantastic 4, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and Elektra. Click here to buy.
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Director Bryan Singer may have just given X-Men fans a sneak peek of the new look for Beast in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The story of the film will include not only the characters seen in Matthew Vaughn’s successful X-Men: First Class, but will also incorporate a huge cast of characters from Singer’s original X-Men trilogy. While the exact details of the film have been under wraps for the most part, the plot from the mythology involves Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat traveling back in time to warn past X-Men of an event that could rock the globe.
Singer recently tweeted an image of what appears to be concept art for Beast, and the design is a bit different from the one seen in X-Men: First Class. Hit the jump for more, including the image.
Over the past seventeen years, Bryan Singer been able to jump from genre to genre with great results. While he’s previously made superhero movies (X-Men, Superman Returns), thrillers (The Usual Suspects, Apt Pupil), and a film about trying to assassinate Hitler during WWII (Valkyrie), in his upcoming Warner Bros. fantasy Jack the Giant Slayer, he’s tackling a classic children’s fairy tale with a modern twist. As usual, he’s delivered a fun ride that audiences will love.
Recently I landed an exclusive phone interview with Singer. We talked about making the film, the CGI and 3D, his thoughts on 48fps, how they rewrote the whole film during pre-production, Twitter, X-Men: Days of Future Past, his Battlestar Galactica remake, and so much more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
Ever since Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, zombies have become synonymous with lifeless, dead-eyed beings, a void – existential nothingness in its simplest form. Zombies, as characterized, exhibit no human emotion, feeling, remembrance – and it’s been that way through Dawn of the Dead (1978) to Dawn of the Dead (2004) to The Walking Dead (2013). This Friday’s release Warm Bodies attempts to redefine the zombie not as death incarnate but merely as a lost and lonely soul… Sure the zombies still want to eat human brains but it has less to do with hunger than a need to connect. It should come as no surprise that the cure for all that brain munching, lethargic walking and indecipherable growling – as posed in Warm Bodies – is quite simple: love.
Nick Hoult stars in the picture as R, a zombie who slowly comes back to life after he falls in love with the beautiful ex-girlfriend (Teresa Palmer) of the guy he’s just eaten. Complications obviously then ensue. In the following interview with Hoult, he discusses imbuing the living dead with personality, transitioning from being a child actor (he was the titular boy in About A Boy), and his bevy of future film projects (Jack The Giant Slayer, Mad Max: Fury Road and X Men: Days of Future Past). For the full interview, hit the jump.
Apparently Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) didn’t listen when Wolverine told them to, “Go fuck yourself,” because Hugh Jackman is reportedly in negotiations to reprise his role in the sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past. A brief, but fan-favorite moment in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, the gruff response from Logan when asked to join the X-Men was spot-on for his character and delivered by the face of the franchise in Jackman. With the director of two of the original films, Bryan Singer, now directing the sequel, it’s even more likely that we’ll get to see another classic moment. Hit the jump for more.
We recently reported that Matthew Vaughn, director of X-Men: First Class, was stepping down from heading up the sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past. On the shortlist of replacement directors was one Bryan Singer, who was already acting in a producing capacity for the sequel. Singer has now been confirmed as the director for X-Men: Days of Future Past. There is still no explanation as to why Vaughn stepped aside, but he is in the process of inking a deal to stay on with the project as a producer. (He did turn in the film’s screen treatment after all.) Hit the jump for more on Singer’s attachment to direct X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Director Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) has reportedly decided not to direct the sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past. At this time, there is no explanation for Vaughn’s departure, but this doesn’t mark the first change of heart in the director’s history. He previously toyed with the notion of dropping out of helming 2010′s Kick-Ass before changing his mind and returning. He then opted out of directing the sequel, which is currently being directed by Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down). Fox wants to keep their July 18th, 2014 release date and will have to move on landing a new director soon, especially since the original cast, including Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, are all expected to return. Tops on their list is Bryan Singer (X-Men, X2). Hit the jump for more.
Bryan Singer, the director of X-Men and X2 and producer of the upcoming sequel to X-Men: First Class, has confirmed the title of the follow-up film. Singer said in a recent interview that the title would be X-Men: Days of Future Past, a nod toward a storyline in the comics that ran in the early 80s. It would certainly fit in with Singer’s claim that the sequel’s story is bold and ambitious, as the comics involve alternate timelines and a dystopian future in addition to meaty social conflicts like internment camps and assassinations. Much more from Singer follows after the jump.
Shortly after Dave Elsey won the Saturn Award for Best Make-Up in X-Men: First Class (which he shared with Fran Needham and Conor O’Sullivan) I got to speak with him backstage. We talked about what it was like to work on X-Men with Nicholas Hoult, what the Saturn Awards mean to him, new characters and other rumors for the upcoming sequel to X-Men: First Class, and more. In addition, while I’d heard screenwriter David Hayter (X-Men, X2, Watchmen) was making his directorial debut with an original screenplay called Wolves, I didn’t know much about it. But with Elsey doing the make-up, he revealed that casting has begun, it’s filming in Toronto, a stunt arranger who works with Jackie Chan has been brought onto the project, and he said:
“It’s very violent and bloody, but it’s less like The Wolfman and actually a lot more like an X-Men kind of movie. It’s more of a kind of action movie. Our werewolves…one of the big differences is our werewolves speak in this and they have hopes and dreams like anybody else.”
More after the jump.
Over the last few weeks, Sony has finally started to reveal details about director Neill Blomkamp’s (District 9) sci-fi pic Elysium. Just as District 9 tackled issues of segregation and xenophobia, the first synopsis for Elysium reveals that the sci-fi, future-set story will be delving into the immigration debate. Set in 2159, two classes of people are roughly divided: the wealthy live on a man-made space station called Elysium, while the rest of the humans inhabit an overpopulated and ruined Earth. For more on the film, here’s Matt’s recap of the Comic-Con panel, the viral campaign, and Comic-Con interviews with Blomkamp and Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley.
Shortly after the panel, I got to speak with producer Simon Kinberg. We talked about how he got involved in the project, how they decided what footage to bring, the recent test screenings, why they didn’t do 3D, and more. In addition, with Kinberg writing the X-Men: First Class sequel with Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman, we talked about how that’s been going and what fans can look forward to. Hit the jump to watch.