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.
Kinberg talked to us about Rogue’s big scene earlier this year:
“The biggest chunk we took out of the film from first cut to final cut was the Rogue plot. And that was the sub-plot that has now been well-publicized, but that I created, not actually to bring Rogue into the movie, though that was a wonderful consequence, but more that I wanted to have, and this was in the early script phase, I wanted a mission for old Charles and old Erik, for Magneto and Xavier to go off on a mission together.”
Kinberg also explained why they cut it:
“Just to see what that would look like. I mean, truly, seriously, it was like, ‘What would it be like to have Patrick and Ian on a road trip together?’ And that was kind of, you know, it got condensed as I wrote it and then when we shot it, but it was just a sub-plot. It was a perfectly good sub-plot and people will see it one day, and Anna was great in it and it was well-directed; it just didn’t serve the overall story. And it didn’t, it never did, it was created outside the core story. As a result, when you watched the movie, you were like, ‘Why are we on this detour, on a movie that already has two time periods, two types of Sentinels, 10-12 main characters, just as a lark?’ And so it ended up getting cut.”
Days of Future Past did a great job of including so many mutants, but it’s understandable that the spotlight could only be shared so much in the 130-minute theatrical cut. Even if it’s just another revenue stream for Fox to capitalize and the wild success of the sequel, it’s nice that fans will get a chance to see Days of Future Past with a larger canvas to work with down the line.