It's Unlikely 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Will Be Released in 48FPS
A year ago we posted a story with the headline "Is Bryan Singer Shooting X-Men: Days of Future Past in 48FPS 3D?" Looks like we finally have a real answer - yes he is. There's a story going around, originating from sources at Ain't It Cool News, that Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past was indeed shot in 48FPS (and 3D) and will be released in 48FPS (or HFR) next May. The big reason for keeping all of this on the down low? "The filmmakers played coy because of the negative reaction to the technology when the Hobbit film was released," one source claims. No surprise there. I'm glad to know he's still pushing forward with it.
AICN is claiming that two separate sources have confirmed that Days of Future Past, hitting theaters May 23rd, 2014 next summer, was originally shot in HFR (High Frame Rate) and will be released in 48FPS 3D. This goes along with all of the hints that director Bryan Singer kept dropping over the last year, including that mention from last December at The Hobbit premiere. That also may be the same place he first fell for HFR and decided to make X-Men that way. Here's the new quote AICN received confirming the HFR plans:
X:DoFP was shot in HFR and will be released in 48fps. The filmmakers played coy because of the negative reaction to the technology when the Hobbit film was released, but love the results and will be standing behind a theatrical release in high frame rate.
Despite this news still be unconfirmed by the studio itself, I believe it's true. And I believe the strategy that studios are adopting for HFR movies is to slowly roll out the option, but without focusing any marketing on it (until Avatar 2). As in, we know it'll be there and it'll be offered for those who want it, but until it becomes accepted by all audiences, it will remain a "secret" aspect of a couple major productions. Sounds about right.
Back in March earlier this year, when I interviewed Bryan Singer (for Jack the Giant Slayer), I asked him specifically about HFR and X-Men. At the time, he said: "Some certain people have different feelings about the look. I found it really interesting... It probably wouldn't be practical for X-Men: Days of Future Past. But I wouldn't rule it out for the future." He must've been playing coy because it seems like he changed his mind before shooting began on Days of Future Past and if all these unnamed sources are to be believed, we'll be seeing this new X-Men movie in HFR. I, for one, still think HFR is the future but I also believe we still have another 4 to 5 more years until audiences adjust to the format and embrace it. Only time will tell.
Update! This didn't take long. Variety has published a denial from the studio saying that none of this is true. "Fox isn't sure where the rumor came from but insists the story is false." They don't specify exactly which part of the story is false and no other details are included, but it sounds like they're denying that Days of Future Past will be released in HFR at all. We'll be keeping close watch for any more updates from here.
Update 2: An update on IGN includes this tidbit: "Sources close to the film tell IGN that shooting in 48fps was explored, but the filmmakers ultimately ruled against it." Sounds like they decided not to use HFR after all. Our original post remains above, though the title is now changed to reflect it's "unlikely" position.