So Jack the Giant Slayer didn’t exactly wow them at the box office over the weekend, probably because people are generally more excited about about Bryan Singer‘s next film, X-Men: Days of Future Past. Oddly, Monday has brought a proverbial avalanche of new X-Men news.
First up is a comment from none other than Chris Claremont. Claremont had a legendary 20-year-run as the writer of Uncanny X-Men, including the “Days of Future Past” storyline in Uncanny #141, so who better to hear from on the subject of the upcoming film version of it. Or at least that’s what Newsarama (via Comic Book Movie) seemed to think.
Here’s what Claremont had to say:
“The challenge, I would think, for Bryan is that the heart of the original story is not the fight with the Brotherhood back in the present day. The challenge, the story, is actually what happens in the future. Getting them to the point where you can send Kitty back, and seeing the consequences of what will happen if they fail, and not knowing at the end how it’s going to turn out. You think it’s going to be a happy ending, but you’re not sure, because pretty much everybody dies — in the comic, anyway. You can’t not be invested. That’s pretty much most of my working life, dancing around or through the X-Men as a concept.
“You could look at it as time travel, or you could look at it as pan-dimension. It’s all a matter of how you want to define it, and I’m sure they’ve got some brainiacs out on the left coast earning a small research stipend figuring out a plausible way of making it fly. That’s the fun and games of Hollywood. How the hell they’re going to fit it into 120 minutes, I have no sodding idea. I’d be looking on this as your basic 1974 film with an intermission.
“In movies it’s a one-shot item too often. If we’re doing Days of Future Past, we need Ororo, we need Logan. OK, we’ve got Hugh Jackman, but that means we’ve got to get Halle Berry. I’m sure some accountant at Fox is going, ‘Huh? ‘We’re talking how much?’ On the other hand, you never know when a major talent is willing to do a Scarlett Johansson, and come in perhaps at scale, just for the fun of it. The really nice thing with Future Past is that you actually have a superhero film — much to everyone’s surprise, I will hope — that is about something. It’s about racism, I hope. It’s about resisting oppression. It’s about fighting for freedom and the cost of fighting for freedom. I will be fascinated to see how they weave the two together.”
Meanwhile, the Days casting train continues to chug along with a pair of announcements today. On the one hand we have news of another returnee from X-Men films past in the form of Oscar-winner Halle Berry, who will reprise the role of Storm in the new film. Singer made the announcement via his preferred media partner, Twitter (brought to you by /Film).
Berry will join fellow castmates from the first three X-Men films Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman, Ellen Page, Aaron Ashmore and Anna Paquin, as well as returning cast members from X-Men: First Class James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence.
In more Twitter news by Singer (again via /Film) the director introduced the world to the second actor to be cast in the film who’s had no previous X-Men experience.
No word on who Omar Sy will play in the film, just as we don’t know who Peter Dinklage will play, probably because they haven’t been in any other X-Men movies before. Days of Future Past should go before the cameras later this summer, for a July 2014 release.
More news as it develops.