Bryan Singer Says X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Will Take Place In The 1980s And Feature Mass Destruction


bryan singerWe’re still a little over two months away from the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, but people are already getting excited about the next X-Men movie, Apocalypse. Bryan Singer will return for the film that is already slatted for a May 27, 2016 release. We know that it will feature Apocalypse, be focused on the First Class cast, and will explore ancient mutants. While we’re still hearing a few things about Days of Future Past from Singer, he’s starting to tease Apocalypse as well.

In a recent interview with Total Film (via Collider), Singer said that work on Apocalypse is going well. Singer, Dan Harris, Michael Dougherty, and Simon Kinberg are currently breaking the story. Singer said of the movie that will explore ancient mutants in a contemporary setting:

We’re going to deal with the notion of ancient mutants – the fact they were born and existed thousands of years ago. But it’ll be a contemporary movie – well, it’ll take place in the ’80s… The ’80s is a period now – it’s hard for me to believe that!
Apocalypse will have more of the mass destruction that X-Men films, to date, have not relied upon. There’s definitely now a character and a story that allow room for that kind of spectacle… I don’t want to get too specific, but we’ll introduce familiar characters in a younger time. That’ll be fun to show the audience. I call these movies in-between-quels. It’s a mind-fuck sometimes in terms of where things fall in the timeline!

singerFamiliar characters in a younger time? Sounds like some of the X-Men we’ve missed since the first film might get the spotlight, though they will be younger and less experienced. We’ll just have to wait and see how that plays out in the coming years. While Singer is already working on the new film, he’s looking ahead to what he would like to do next. The director says he would like to tell a few X-Men stories beyond Apocalypse look at other character’s earlier years:

Yeah, there actually are [more stories I want to tell]. It all stems back to when I did [the first] X-Men. You always want to know where a character’s going to go, what their future’s going be like. You can always sequelise. But on that film I also had actors asking ‘Who am I? Where did my character come from?’ So as a director you always need a backstory to give your actors. It may not be the right backstory, but it’s one you can give the actor to help them understand their character. These prequels are really exciting for me because they give me a chance to explore ideas I came up with more than a decade ago.

Singer left the X-Men world for a little while, but it sounds like he wants to stay around for the foreseeable future. We’ll have to see how Days of Future Past and Apocalypse go before we see whether Singer gets his wish or not, but what do you think about the director’s comments?

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