[Movies] Bryan Singer Hopes to ‘Fix Sh*t’ With X-Men: Days of Future Past
Posted by Larry Csonka on 02.22.2013
At least he’s honest…
- Bryan Singer recently spoke about X-Men: Days of Future Past. Here are the highlights…
On Using Days of Future Past to Possibly Change The Events of the Third X-Men Film: You mean, what you're politely saying is, "fix s**t." Is that what you're saying? That's what I'm hearing. [Laughing] There's going to be a little of that, a few things I can repair.
Does he Has Regrets About what Brett Ratner Did With Last Stand?: It would have been nice to have done the third one, but I really wanted to have the Superman [Returns] experience. And I've never really talked about it before, but there were negotiating issues that were there. I didn't fully have X-Men 3 in my mind and I had this take on Superman and suddenly that was easy. That was an easier deal, it took three days and we were ready to go. So I made that move and it pissed off certain people – we're all good now. But you know, maybe I wouldn't have ended up with X-Men: First Class and where I'm sitting today making this epic combination of casts. So in the end, I'm glad I had my Superman experience. It was a little awkward for me to see X-Men 3, obviously. In fact I was so emotionally nervous about it that a person -- who shall remain nameless -- brought me to a building in the middle of the night in Los Angeles and sat me in front of the computer and showed me the movie. Completely against the law, long before it was finished, just so I could be prepared. And I watched it reel by reel on the computer. You know Brett and I are good friends, I actually saw him in London last week, and I don't know if I've ever told him that frankly, because I just kept it to myself. But I just needed to see the movie so that when I actually went to the theatre and saw it, it wasn't shocking to me or disturbing. Seeing a Superman movie will be very different. I'm actually very excited to see Zack Snyder's Superman because it'll be so different from mine and that's quite distant. But today I don't have regrets because I'm sitting here doing this amazing hybrid, so maybe it was all meant to be.
On The Tone For X-Men: Days of Future Past: The majority of it...or that part of it, takes place in the early 70's, 1973. So Nixon is a character, and there will be different styles and automobiles. And there will be some futuristic, as well as retro, technology which you haven't seen. There are science fiction aspects of the movie, and then there's some retro science fiction that the X-Men films haven't had quite yet. So we're exploring that, which will be fun. And there's an attitude [difference]. We discover our characters, particularly the younger characters, at a different place in their lives. Every character you discover in this movie is in a completely different place than you've ever seen, emotionally, and it's about them moving through that. Hilarity ensues!
On Creating Separate Branches of X-Men (The First Class Timeline, The Original Films Timeline) and the Days of Future Past Timeline: Yes, I think so, but I think it's even bigger than that. I think that if you really examine the X-Men universe it's every bit as big as the Marvel universe. There are lesser characters, but if you take certain characters there are a myriad of films you could make, and stories you could tell, with these characters as individuals. Wolverine being one of them, and that's currently being done. But you could really mine this universe. I'm glad to return to it and I'd like to get more involved in it because it hasn't really been orchestrated – somewhat with the Wolverine pictures – but I think there is a lot more that one can do.