Is Bryan Singer Shooting 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' in 48FPS 3D?

December 7, 2012
Source: IGN

Bryan Singer X-Men

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.

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I don't need 48fps and 3D to enjoy my cinema adventures...its just added perks that really in my opinion detract from said adventure. I really wanna give him a hug...nice guy he seems.

Xerxexx on Dec 7, 2012


"I don't need to have color picture to enjoy my cinema's just added perks that really, in my opinion, detract from said adventure." Said many people back in the day. In the theater, 3D is awesome, and 48 FPS will make 3D a LOT better. At home, sure, 24 FPS and 2D is fine...but in the theater, I want the most high caliber presentation possible.

Chris Groves on Dec 7, 2012


Sorry but the color comparison is not even something I can take seriously. Its not the same thing, color in movies is revolutionary where as 3D is a gimmick that cheapens the experience. Who knows maybe one day I will see the Hobbit in 48fps but I can and will be able to live with out it.

Xerxexx on Dec 8, 2012


That's his point, some didn't take color seriously either.

Movie lover on Dec 8, 2012


Indeed...but I wasn't around in that I cannot comment on that. 3-D isn't as amazing as color was...its a useless comparison. As for 48fps...who knows I may like it...but I know for a fact I will never like 3-D in films.

Xerxexx on Dec 8, 2012


What's funny about the 3D to color comparison is that 3D essentially removes the vibrant colors from the movie. There's nothing high caliber about that.

germss on Dec 8, 2012



Xerxexx on Dec 9, 2012



vefv on Dec 19, 2012


Hardly. I'm not going to have a 3D debate because it's all been said before. But the simple truth is, you see a movie in 3D it looks darker. You take your glasses off, it's brighter.

germss on Dec 19, 2012


I for one hope to see The Hobbit in the new format just to see if it looks any better. Can't judge completely impartially without knowledge.

Thexn on Dec 7, 2012


Isn't it about time that Apocalypse showed up in these movies?

jah p on Dec 8, 2012


Don't think anyone is committed to 48fps until the first Hobbit movie has done the rounds. First impressions are not looking good.

castingcouch on Dec 9, 2012


Yes they are, idiot. Get your eyes checked. HFR is amazing. Like looking through a window.

fre on Dec 19, 2012


I think Bryan Singer should learn how to make an X-Men movie that isnt more of the Same focusing on Professor X & Magneto's Relationship and lets not 4get how they all manage to star Wolverine. It being in 3D doesnt make it anymore mediocre then they are. If they weren't X-Men movies they wouldnt make a dime. Fox has thus far slipped at making anything with Avenger Marvel studio momentum. I am far from a comic geek but when i was young loved the X-men in there comic and television mediums. Rather then sit through another Bryan Singer director crushmovie and talks of balancing ensemble cast. Maybe he should watch the current comic book blockbusters to get with the times before he makes another poor attempt to transfer mediums of comic and film. Even Jon Favreau took fans opinions within reason for IronMan. 3D isnt a big deal

Derek on Dec 17, 2012


HFR is AMAZING!!!!! 🙂

cfe on Dec 19, 2012

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