Bryan Singer‘s new film Jack the Giant Killer comes out on March 1st, which is just a few weeks away. But come on! It’s his next film, X-Men: Days of Future Past, that we all really want to talk about. And yes, while out peddling Jack, Singer is indeed talking X-Men, at least in the broad strokes.
In an interview with Cinema Blend, Singer talked about some of the themes he’ll be playing with in the film, and why he is going to stay tight-lipped about some of the stuff you’ll be seeing in the upcoming superhero sequel. But first, a couple of technical notes: “I’ll probably use some of the motion-capture technology for certain things [in Days of Future Past],” he said adding, “And of course the 3D technology. I’ll be shooting native stereo on X-Men.”
Now for the real guts of the thing: Are we going to see Sentinels? Nimrod? Rachel Summers? Franklin Richards? References to other dead Marvel heroes in the apocalyptic future thus suggesting a more closely related Marvel Cinematic Universe across studio rights’ issues? (That last one may be overly hopeful.)
There’s things that we’re going to do in this movie that haven’t been done in X-Men films before. Stuff involving [time travel], and stuff involving certain technology, and certain science fiction aspects that haven’t been used before in an X-Men film. We’d like to keep some of that a surprise.
Damn you, Singer. You, and J.J. Abrams, and your “surprises.”
This movie will also deal with destiny, the choices we made, the people we were– how the people we were when we were young affects the world we have to live in in the future, and what if we could go back and change that.
Interesting. The original comic book story, which was told in Uncanny X-Men #141, follows a Kitty Pryde from a futuristic hellscape where mutants are hunted to near-extinction as she comes back in time to change the future Sarah Connor style. No one knows if this is indeed the exact direction Singer’s looking at, but Ellen Page has already been confirmed as one of the former X-actors returning to the franchise. She played Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand. I say that assuming you repressed any memory of Last Stand.
More news as it develops.
Marvel Studios top man, Kevin Feige, took a break from swimming Scrooge McDuck style in the giant pile of money that The Avengers made to talk to Superhero Hype about the future of the Marvel movie universe. Covering such topics as the rights to some Marvel characters being locked up by Sony or Fox (his response was coy and evasive as usual) and such up coming projects as Doctor Strange (also coy and evasive, yet promising). The whole interview is well worth the ready, which you can do here, but just wanted to take a small slice out that stood out. While talking about the various producers involved in the company’s many projects, he dropped this.
“Co-president Louis D’Esposito who’s executive producer on all the movies and who even directed a little something that we’re going to reveal in the coming months.”
Oooooooooh, Feige you tease. What could this be? More shorts based around a character we’ve already seen? Something new? Is it in anyway shape or form possible they could have secretly made a feature length movie without anyone knowing? Ant-Man? Someone else?
Wild fanboy speculation starts now!
Being such a highly anticipated franchise, there’s no doubt that when The Hunger Games hits theaters March 23rd, it’s going to do well, and it really doesn’t deserve to. The whole book series by Suzanne Collins is not only barely adequate for a high-school reading level, but the premise is such a rip from movies like Battle Royal, The Running Man (my personal favorite) and The Condemned. It’s contrived pablum and literary bullshit. But I digress…
Being such a highly anticipated franchise, The Hunger Games has it secrets. No sacrificing goats on set, or speaking in tongues before filming type stuff, but these secrets are still pretty interesting and weird.
THR has an interesting article that reveals nine untold secrets surrounding the highly anticipated movie. Like how the Lionsgate movie came to be, accidents on set, the cast salaries and the film’s budget. Even the daily threat of live bears during filming. If you don’t want to read the entire article, our pals over at Geek Tyrant have conveniently arranged all nine secrets into an easy to read format, enjoy.