Deadline reports that X-Men and X-Men United director Bryan Singer (Usual Suspects) has signed on to direct X-Men: Days of Future Past. Singer had been originally wanted by 20th Century Fox to direct X3, X-Men First Class and The Wolverine but had conflicts stepping back to allow others to direct instead. Matthew Vaughn recently announced he was going to leave the First Class sequel to another director. Possibly focusing on an adaptation of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbon’s comic The Secret Service which is also setup at 20th Century Fox. It will be interesting to see the direction of this sequel as there had been talk of it planting seeds for X-Men 4.
A bombshell for X-Men fans has been reported by Deadline as director Matthew Vaughn is leaving X-Men: Days of Future Past. He had been very vocal on making a sequel to the point he signed on along with developing the story/script with writing partner Jane Goldman. The relationship with Fox seems still intact as Matthew will stay on as producer of the film. Vaughn is actually looking to direct The Secret Service for Fox instead. A film concept originally hatched by both Mark Millar and Matthew that came out as a comic book series.
His replacement just might end up being Bryan Singer. However, I really hope Singer doesn’t direct considering how terrible his post-X2 films have been. There has even been talk of how much of a disaster Jack The Giant Slayer (not killer) might be. It wouldn’t be hard to imagine Fox might look to hire someone new to direct. Considering Singer still has to promote/edit Jack The Giant Slayer. The problem stems from setting the release date of this massive film before post-production, which to be fair would scare any director. I’d love to see someone like Drew Goddard (Cabin In The Woods, Cloverfield) get the gig but you never know with Fox.
Deadline reports that British model turned actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers 3) will join the growing cast of Mad Max: Fury Road. George Miller’s reboot (possible new trilogy) of his beloved Mad Max franchise has Tom Hardy (Dark Knight Rises, Inception) in the lead with Charlize Theron, Patrick Stewart (X-Men 1-3), Nicholas Hoult (Giant Killer, X-Men First Class 1-2), Isabel Lucas (Red Dawn) and Abby Lee Kershaw in supporting roles.
AICN (via ThePlaylist) has learned that 20th Century Fox registered Days of Future Past with the MPAA. This doesn’t seem like a big deal until you discover it’s attributed to one of the most well-known X-Men storylines. We know for sure this won’t be used for Japanese set The Wolverine, so it only leads to X-Men First Class 2. Chris Claremont’s story takes place between present time and a possible future where all mutants are hunted/killed like animals. The biggest revelation here is that the sequel could involve Kitty Pride (Shadowcat), the infamous Sentinels and even see the return of Wolverine. It would be interesting to see two different X-Men teams from different eras in a single film.
One of my little birds Weapon X recently dropped me some information that 20th Century Fox had recently registered the title DAYS OF FUTURE PAST with the MPAA Title Registration Bureau. The Bureau exists for studios and productions companies to stake their claims on certain titles that they intend to release and distribute, so that others can stray from using a similar title.
The Sentinels had been teased in X3 in the danger room scene but ultimately have never been used as the main villains. You might remember that The Wolverine is taking it’s influence from the classic Japanese saga written by Claremont and Frank Miller. It wouldn’t be a stretch for Fox to mine the other important Chris Claremont comics for more movie goodies. We’ve also seen glimpses of these alternative futures in First Class when Sebastian Shaw planned to wipe the humans in a global nuclear war for the rise of the Children of The Atom (mutants).
Writer/director Matthew Vaughn has previously stated he wants to include an assassination attempt by Magneto on the life of President Kennedy. Perhaps, the X-Men foiling this act could cause the Sentinels to be created sparking the mutant holocaust which Magneto and Charles have been fearing their whole lives. It will be interesting to see what direction Matthew and the studio will ultimately go. As it’s going to hard to sell a story that has the anti-hero killing a non-fictional President on screen. This would also be a way to transform Raven (Mystique) and Magneto full-fledged X-Men villains.
The storyline alternates between present day, in which the X-Men fight Mystique’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline caused by the X-Men’s failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In this future universe, Sentinels rule the United States, and mutants live in internment camps. The present-day X-Men are forewarned of the possible future by a future version of their teammate Kitty Pryde, whose mind traveled back in time and possessed her younger self to warn the X-Men. She succeeds in her mission and returns to the future, but despite her success, the future timeline still exists as an alternative timeline rather than as the actual future. (The Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe: Alternate Universes 2005 gave the numerical designation of “Days of Future Past” Earth as Earth-811).
Fox has also given the untitled X-Men First Class sequel an official release date of July 18th 2014. Visionary writer/director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Layer Cake) will be returning along with writing partner Jane Goldman (Woman In Black). Currently the only know cast members that are returning include Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult. I wouldn’t be surprised if it ended up titled X-Men: The Brotherhood as the sequel is rumored to be focused on Magneto’s formation of his own team the Brotherhood of Mutants. Along with Magneto’s balancing act as anti-hero/not quite villain. Xavier is also now dealing with the loss of his legs and will likely recurit new members to the X-Men. There’s no word on if staple characters like Gambit, Cyclops or Jean will be joining the sequel.
20th Century’s Tom Rothman is quickly becoming more a voice piece for the studio than ever before. During CinemaCon, Rothman had been talking up future films like The Wolverine (July 26th 2013), Daredevil and Fantastic Four reboots. He also talked to MTV about the X-Men First Class sequel which he confirms will shoot in January for a possible Christmas 2013 release date.
“We’re going to start shooting January 2013 for [a release date of] either Christmas 2013, or Summer 2014,….The script is in development now. Matt, Simon Kinberg and Jane Goldman are working on it now.”
Jennifer Lawrence’s Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire will be shooting first. Since the studio has given Lionsgate enough time to make the sequel before sweeping Jennifer back for First Class 2. It would make sense to release the X-Men sequel right after Catching Fire (November 22nd 2013) to capture that exposure of Lawrence.They are also open to giving it more time for a summer 2014 release date if needed.