Bryan Singer Talks X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST; Says They’ve Cracked the Time-Travel, Adapting the Comic, and More

     January 28, 2013


We’re not even a month through 2013 yet, but Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Days of Future Past is probably one of the most-anticipated films of 2014.  He’s been wielding his Twitter account to release casting news, and a couple days ago he revealed that Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, and Shawn Ashmore will be joining a massive cast that already includes James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, and Hugh Jackman.  Speaking to Empire, Singer said, “It’s epic. I don’t think people realize how big this movie’s going to be.”  Oh, we realize it, Mr. Singer.  We realize it indeed.

Hit the jump for what Singer had to say about managing the time-travel, adapting the comic, and considering the previous X-Men movies.  X-Men: Days of Future Past is due out July 18, 2014.

xmen-days-of-future-pastFor those unfamiliar with the comic, it involves a post-apocalyptic future where giant robots called Sentinels have almost completely exterminated all mutants.  Through the power of fellow mutant Rachel, an adult Kitty Pryde is able to switch minds with her younger self so she can warn the X-Men of an assassination that would trigger a chain of events leading to the horrible future.

Singer tells Empire that they’ve managed to come up with the time travel rules that will allow the X-Men: First Class characters cross with the original X-Men characters:

“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.”

Does this mean that Rachel will be in the movie?  It sounds like Singer is headed in that direction since he says that they will be drawing from the comic:

“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.”

By the time Days of Future Past opens, it will be the seventh X-Men movie, and Singer says that he’ll be taking all of the previous films into consideration, although there will be some “clean-up” as well:

“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.”

Still excited?  I know I am.



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  • Ned

    Could be amazing. Can’t wait.

  • murdernexxus

    bring on Apocalypse

  • Stefan_san

    Where’s the Elysium Trailer? Where IIIIS IIIIIIT????

  • Peter

    You have to distill days of future past?! It’s possibly the shortest comic I’ve read, and that includes the collected edition that whacks a random heap of other stories in. It’s literally the mind switch and a few pages of fighting the brotherhood of mutants… Nothing else.. Literally.

  • Ty

    I like the idea of “clean up” lets make it so x3 never happend. Bring back beast (s), bring back cyclops!!’n

    • Jason

      Um………I actually like ‘X-Men – X3 – The Last Stand’ and ‘X-Men Origins – Wolverine’. I think X3 is the best, it was just so damn cool, especially the endings and the bridge scene. ‘X-Men’ and ‘X2 : X-Men United’ are very good too. ‘X-Men – First Class’ was just pure awesomeness as well. I have enjoyed and like all five X-Men films so far. X4 would be awesome, bring Mr. Sinister in it. ‘The Wolverine’ and ‘X-Men – Days Of Future Past’ both sound very good and ‘The Wolverine’ looks awesome, can not wait to see The Silver Samurai.

      • Andrew

        X3 did have a few good scenes but Ratner totally messed up the whole Phoenix/Dark Phoenix storyline,which was a real shame,…especially after X2(which i abslutely loved)promised so much!

        Bring on the Sentinels!!

  • Grayden

    Singer should have talked to the writers and crew on Doctor Who instead. Time Travel writing has been perfected by those people.

    • Linter

      No, no it has not. Maybe the perfect original Doctor Who in 1963-1996. But, no, no, and definitely no, not in the crappy, awful remake version.

      Looking forward to ‘The Wolverine’ and ‘X-Men – Days Of Future Past’

      • SofiaL

        I also hated what they did to doctor who, and stopped watching the new version, the remake one. I would like it if the BBC trashed and debunked and ignored the remake version and started the regular, the original doctor who series (1963-1996) back up and start where the tv movie ended. too late to have the master and some of the other regulars in the series though, seeing as the damn BBC has not continued the original series since 1996 and now actors like anthony ainley (yeah he was not the master in the tv movie, but he could have returned as the master) can not reprise the master role or elisabeth sladen as sara jane smith.

        Maybe the BBC can through away the remake series like they did with the excellent original series, a lot of the 1 st doctor stories are missing and most of the 2nd doctor stories are missing and some of the 3rd doctor color originals are missing. But that would not matter if the BBC threw out the remake series, because now there are dvd players, dvds, and such

        Going back on topic, x-men days of future past is a must see for me, I am looking forward to it.

  • movieguy223

    I guess he’s taken into account what James Mangold is doing with Wolverine on his own too? If Singer pulls this off…well, let’s just say ‘epic’ is the word I’d probably use as well.

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  • Supermarket Soundtrack

    I suddenly wonder how a Marvel Studios X-Men franchise film would look. Possibly better but also, worringly, more like the comic with the same characters convoluted personalities, storylines and costumes, done in a believeable way like the Avengers. Whatever that means

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