Singer Talked with Cameron About Time Travel for 'Days of Future Past'
With recent casting confirmations for actors Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore reprising their roles as the original X-Men (playing Rogue, Kitty Pryde and Iceman), concerns have started surfacing over how exactly this time-travel movie will work. Bryan Singer is already hard at work on X-Men: Days of Future Past, the new X-Men movie at Fox following The Wolverine this summer and X-Men: First Class. Singer is returning to direct the franchise he left after X2 in 2003, but seems to be going bigger than ever before with a storyline that shows the mutant superheroes at various ages across various timelines, based on a comic arc. It's exciting, but how are they going to pull all this off, and who will they be going to for advice?
The answer to that question is, of course, the obvious. They'll go to the master of time travel himself, James Cameron (Singer is seen in the photo above with Cameron at The Hobbit premiere last year). In the latest issue of Empire, they spoke with Bryan Singer who told them they actually had a "two-hour conversation" with Cameron about time travel and so much more. "It's epic. I don't think people realise how big this movie's going to be. We get to bring both casts together." I'm starting to get a sense of how huge it'll be, but hearing details like this certainly makes me more excited. Here's what he states about working with JC:
"We've cracked it in a way that it makes sense. I had a two-hour conversation with James Cameron about time travel, string theory, multiverses and all that. You have to create your rules and stick wtih them. That's why Terminator and Back To The Future work so well. And there are certain mechanisms in X-Men, certain powers, perceptions and characters, that make this possible."
There's no way they'll reveal what their big tricks are in Days of Future Past before it hits theaters in July of 2014, but that won't stop him from keeping fans hyped up and salivating for more. "I'm taking into account every movie – I'm not just grabbing my first two movies and First Class and smashing them together," Singer says. "I'm taking into account the entire [X-Men] universe as it's been laid out so far on the screen, and really respecting it and trying to work with that. People took things in various directions, so there’s some clean-up. But ultimately I'm not just ignoring them either." So what does that really mean?
I can't wait to find out. The original Days of Future Past storyline is based on a comic book arc written by Chris Claremont first published in 1981. Singer goes on to refer to the comic and how close they're sticking to it: "[Our movie] has a lot of aspects of the comic. The actual comic of Days Of Future Past had a whole ton of stuff going on, so it’s like any of these things; you have to distill it. But I think the fans will be pleased that some of the most exciting parts of Days Of Future Past are going to be connected to this movie." Now is when the diehard fans start speculating on what exactly those "most exciting parts" are and if we'll see them.
Finally, while we've heard plenty of casting details including that Sir Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will be back as old Magneto and Professor X, respectively, there's still more to come. And Bryan Singer confirms that the news from Twitter is official: "I’ll be using Twitter as an avenue. I think Twitter is an amazing thing. Very often something gets out there in the rumour-sphere, and people start building up an impression of something that might not be right. So what I want to do is just little by little drop out whatever information is official." Sounds great to me. We'll continue to keep you updated, but in the meantime, you can following Bryan Singer on Twitter @BryanSinger. Sound like X-Men: Days of Future Past is coming together well?