Is Bryan Singer Shooting 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' in 48FPS 3D?
Nothing like a warm smile from Gandalf. Even with critical reports berating 48FPS and HFR technology, exclaiming that we should never see it again, and the opening of The Hobbit a week away, there's a hint that more HFR might be on the way. As I predicted in my own critical post on The Hobbit and 48FPS recently, if it plays with audiences next week, I actually think we'll be seeing a lot more of it. Not only James Cameron's Avatar 2 down the line, and the other two Hobbit movies, but there's a brief hint in a recent video interview with Sir Ian McKellen that might indicate Bryan Singer could be shooting X-Men in 48FPS, too. Read on!
The news, which is not confirmed (or even decided) yet, comes from an interview on YouTube that reporter Alicia Malone did with Sir Ian McKellen for The Hobbit (tipped via ScreenRant). McKellen is asked about going back to play an X-Men in Bryan Singer's Days of Future Past, which he seems hesitant about because hasn't even seen the script. After mentioning the photo of Singer with the script on his flight (see it here), he goes on to state, with a smile at the key moment: "I know [Singer is] a big fan of The Hobbit… he went to the opening with James Cameron in New Zealand. And he was very enthusiastic about the new technology, so whether we'll be filming X-Men in 3D and 48FPS, we'll find out…" He practically winks at the end.
Here's the video in full in case you wish to watch yourself. It's a fun minute-long segment with McKellen:
Beyond this quote, it hasn't been outright mentioned that X-Men: Days of Future Past, now being directed by Bryan Singer, will be made in 48FPS. However, I have a feeling they're waiting until The Hobbit comes out and can observe the performance of HFR, and gauge audience reactions. But, then again, Bryan Singer seems to love HFR already. He tweeted at the Hobbit premiere, with James Cameron no less: "Just saw #Hobbit. Having some serious frame rate envy. Amazing and involving. Loved it! And @ianmckellen118, my friend, you are brilliant!" With those kind of teases, as long as audiences don't outright hate HFR, as I'm predicting we could start to see a lot more HFR movies - including Days of Future Past in 48FPS in 2014.
For now, we still have a long ways to go. As of this week, most of these actors being reported as cast in Days of Future Past haven't even received or read the script yet, so it's still very early on. There's a week until The Hobbit arrives and I think Fox, and Bryan Singer, are curious to hear how the 48FPS version of that plays before making up their mind about X-Men. Whatever the case, I'm looking forward to Singer's new X-Men. As @CK61938 tweeted: "Can you imagine #XMen in #HFR? O_O" It is perfect for superheroes & sentinels.