Bryan Singer has mostly allowed his Twitter feed to do the talking when it comes to X-Men: Days of Future Past, but the director recently discussed the film in an interview with Empire Magazine.
In the interview, Singer claimed that the film will be epic and that he’s not sure people realize how big this movie’s going to be. Considering the cast already features James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, and Hugh Jackman, it’s pretty obvious that Singer is cooking up something ambitious.
He went on to discuss the logistics of the film’s time travel conceit, a process that included a two hour conversations with James Cameron about time travel, string theory, multiverses, and all that. Claiming that they’ve cracked it in a way that makes sense, he said that he’s dedicated to creating rules and sticking with them to make it work.
Singer also hinted that there are certain mechanisms in X-Men, certain powers, perceptions, and characters that make this possible. In the original storyline, the two pivotal characters were Kitty Pryde and Rachel Summers. The former is confirmed to be in the film version, as Ellen Page recently signed on to return in the role.
It seems unlikely that Rachel Summers would even be able to appear since both of her parents (Jean Grey and Cyclops) died in X-Men: The Last Stand. However, Singer did say that his film adaptation will have a lot of aspects of the comic. While the process will of course include some effort to distill the original story into something workable, Singer insisted that fans will be pleased that some of the most exciting parts of Days of Future Past are going to be connected to this movie.
Finally, Singer addressed the complicated continuity at work here; whereas X-Men: First Class felt like a reboot, the director is now charged with the task of reconciling it with the previous films-and that includes all three films, according to Singer. I’m not just grabbing my first two movies and First Class and smashing them together, he said, adding ‘m taking into account the entire universe as it’s been laid out so far on the screen, and really respecting it and trying to work with that.
He also acknowledged that such a task won’t be easy since people took things in various directions, so there’s some clean-up. However, he ultimately isn’t just going to ignore them, which should be an interesting process to observe for continuity hounds.