Simon Kinberg Talks X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Budget and Opening Scene; Says Opening Introduces Refugee Mutants

     April 23, 2014


The superhero sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past is certainly one of the more ambitious undertakings of the past few years.  Not only does the film mix the original X-Men cast with the younger X-Men: First Class cast, but it also introduces the long-awaited Sentinels for the first time, takes place in two time periods, and essentially chronicles a mutant apocalypse.  As such, it wasn’t a huge shock when reports surfaced that Days of Future Past might have the largest budget of any Fox film except for Avatar.

When Steve recently sat down with Days of Future Past writer/producer Simon Kinberg, he addressed the film’s budget and also talked about the scope of the pic, specifically describing the opening scene of the movie.  The pic begins in the future as the mutants face extinction, and Kinberg talked about their approach to the cold open of the movie, which introduces a band of refugee mutants (watch the opening here).  Read on after the jump.

x-men-days-of-future-past-hugh-jackman-michael-fassbender-james-mcavoy-evan-petersSteve asked Kinberg if it was true that Days of Future Past’s budget was only eclipsed by Avatar in Fox history:

“The budget was not bigger than Titanic’s budget was, I can suspect that’s true… We do not have James Cameron money.  They gave us a healthy budget to make the movie with, and it was all we needed.  It’s a big movie.  It’s definitely the biggest in scope and scale of any of the X-Men movies.  You know, X3 had a really big budget, too.”

Kinberg added that, having worked on both Days of Future Past and X3, he can say that the former is “a much better movie.”  Of course, with a cast as large as Days of Future Past it’s inherently going to cost more money, but from what we’ve seen in the trailers, it appears that director Bryan Singer has put the budget to good use in truly capturing an epic scope for the pic.

x-men-days-of-future-past-ellen-page-shawn-ashmore-daniel-cudmoreSpeaking of which, one of the highlights of the trailers is the future-set world, in which Sentinels have ravaged the planet during their hunt for mutants.  Kinberg spoke a bit about the opening scene in specifics, revealing how the film begins:

“Well, that opening scene is introducing, really, this sort of refugee group of mutants that Kitty’s the leader of in the future. And so, in the movie, it’s before we even meet our X-Men, it’s before we meet Patrick, Ian, Hugh, and Halle. We sort of cold open in many ways on Kitty, Warpath, Blink, Colossus, Sunspot, Bishop, and we sort of wanted to show what a pack of these refugees living day to day knowing the Sentinels are out there, what their life would be like, and what an attack would look like, and also setting up Kitty’s power, of being able to send consciousness back in time to warn people so that they can move away before the attack comes. That’s the sort of critical engine of the movie, her sending a consciousness back to 1973 to warn that something bad is gonna happen that they’ve got to stop from happening.”

Watch the video interview below, and look for more from Kinberg on Collider soon.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in theaters on May 23rd.

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