[Movies] Simon Kinberg Talks About How X-Men: Days of Future Past Got Started
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.27.2014
What made them choose that story?
- In an interview with IGN, X-Men: Days of Future Past writer and producer Simon Kinberg spoke about how the story was decided on for the film. Here are highlights:
On the decision to bring everyone back: "It was a process. After we were done with First Class, Matthew Vaughn, myself, and Bryan [Singer] were all talking about what we would do for the sequel. Initially, we were just going to follow the First Class cast on the next adventure. Then we started talking about potentially using Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart as bookends to the movie -- not as Days of Future Past, but just as sort of emotional bookends to the film. As we started developing that and as I started going through comics and thinking about a story that would be a cross-generational story, I came on Days of Future Past, which is one of my favorite runs in the comic. Then I pitched that, and Matthew loved the idea of it. Bryan was excited about it, and the studio got really excited. The thing that was daunting was getting this cast together -- schedule-wise, deal-wise, all of that, all of those logistics. But creatively everybody got really excited about it. That was probably spring of last year . Then I wrote the first draft of the script in the spring and the summer with Matthew primarily -- Vaughn was going to direct at the time. Then Matthew fell off the movie and Bryan came on from producing to directing, and we continued to work on the script in the fall and the beginning of this year. But it was just this process of, "How do we tell a story that feels like not just a repeat or a continuation, but an expansion of First Class?" We wanted to bring in the old Charles and Erik, and then from there it sort of evolved."
On how The Wolverine ties into Days of Future Past: "We didn't work together, but when I was working on the script for this, I had access to the script for The Wolverine, so I knew what their storyline was, and I knew what was happening with the character. Pretty early on in the process of working on this script, I spent time talking and meeting with the lead actors in the film, so I talked to James McAvoy, [Michael] Fassbender, Jen [Lawrence] and Hugh [Jackman]. So Hugh had a strong point of view about the character, and he was in the process of making The Wolverine. So I was informed about The Wolverine. Our movie doesn't really inform that film. But I know [The Wolverine director] James Mangold, so we sort of communicated back and forth as well."
On Patrick Stewart's return after he died in X-Men: The Last Stand: "I don't want to ruin it, but we try to address in a couple different ways the notion of what happened to Patrick between X-Men 3 and this movie. Any sort of continuity questions are addressed within the story of this film. It's a time travel movie, so there's a butterfly effect from the past into the future. So the continuity of X-Men 1 through 3 is intact, but as things change in the past, things could change in the future. … Yeah, I mean, it's like any time travel movie -- Terminator, Back to the Future -- you're going back in the past to change something in the future. So the goal of this movie, as in the Days of Future Past comic, is to go back in time to change something, to preserve peace and the lives of mutants in the future."