It’s no surprise that 20th Century Fox wants to grab up their giant piece of the super hero movie pie. And with X-Men and Fantastic Four in their stable (along with all associated properties), they hold onto some serious money-making potential. But just how far are they willing to go to ensure that people notice their projects amongst the many Marvel and DC flicks that are flooding big screens year-in and year-out? Well, if the reports are true, X-Men: Days of Future Past is going all the way with one of the largest Hollywood movie budgets ever.
According to some number-crunchers, DoFP may actually end up being the second-highest budgeted film of all-time, only James Cameron’s Avatar ranking higher. That’s some serious money to be throwing around. But if you look at what they’re doing – massive amounts of star power, huge-budget FX, reshoots to ensure perfection – it’s no wonder the wallets are being stretched. Apparently, Fox has quite a bit of faith in director Bryan Singer and the franchise in general and is willing to take the gamble that they’ll be seeing that money come back to them.
Personally, Days of Future Past is the one I’m looking forward to. The super hero movie scene has become mediocre (with a few exceptions) and only something that brings together both big explosions and a seriously compelling story can pique my interest. I’m really hoping that DoFP does just that. And if it doesn’t, Fox could be looking at a major loss – one that could potentially cripple upcoming projects.
What do the Nerd Readers think? With all the big-budget flicks that have crashed and burned or barely broke even, can Days of Future Past bring in a big enough audience to justify such a massive budget?
Check out X-Men: Days of Future Past come May 23rd, 2014 and see if Fox manages to win this toss of the dice.
Thanks to CinemaBlend for the heads-up.