Bryan Singer Talks Days of Future Past, Time Travel and F-Bombs
If Bryan Singer adds any more characters to his upcoming X-Men sequel, my mind may x-plode! (See what I did there?) Bad writing aside, Singer has got quite a task ahead of him in attempting to make sense of all the previous X-Men films. This is something that many fans have been wanting for some time, as each X-Men film that has come out has seemingly ignored all other X-films, creating a rather messy timeline issue. But with Days of Future Past, there is a time-travel element that could be the saving grace for the franchise.
In order to set things right and make sure he does it in a way that makes sense, Singer talked with James Cameron-a conversation that lasted over two hours- to discuss time travel and ways to make the timeline coherent.
“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 with 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.”
By jove, I think he’s got it! In regards to time travel rules, once you set up those rules, it’s quite important that you stick to them! Also, we can only speculate as to what “mechanisms, powers and characters” he is hinting at, but could we finally see Forge? Bishop? Cable?! Ahhhhh! One thing is certain and that is the answer tot hat question likely depends on how closely his story sticks to the iconic comic, to which he states:
“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.”
Now, back to the opening paragraph, where I discussed connecting all of the movies in the X-Men universe, some of which have completely ignored and disregarded other films. Again, a rather daunting task to make something of the mess. Singer states that he is looking at all of the previous films, not just the first two he directed and First Class, but all of them.
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.”
I don’t envy the man in that regard at all. Oh and in tradition of X-Men: First Class’s phenomenal use of their allowed PG-13 “F-Bomb,” Singer was asked if they’d included something similar in the script. His reply is expected, yet pleasing.
“We’re going to have another one in this one. We have another one coming up!”
Production on Days of Future Past is expected to begin this spring with an impressive cast that includes actors from many X-Men films: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, among other. More are likely to join, assuming Brett Ratner didn’t kill them off. The film is slated for a summer 2014 release.
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Source : Empire Online