Bryan Singer is knee deep in the ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past‘ pre-production phase and I have no worries at all, because… well… because he’s Bryan Singer, and I’m not saying he can do no wrong. I’m sure there are naysayers out there who detest Bryan Singer just because the majority doesn’t. But what I’m saying is that he somehow knows exactly what to do when it comes to these mutants better than anyone else. Matthew Vaughn comes in at an even second. (The jury is still out on James Mangold.)
In an interview with Empire Magazine, Singer talks about the film and the grand scale of it, and how the X-Men universe comes into play in this movie. Here he explains how he researched the time travel issue in Days of Future Past:
It’s epic. I don’t think people realise how big this movie’s going to be. We get to bring both casts together. 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.
He then tells Empire how the source material is going to be treated in regards to slimming down the story to a 2-hour movie, while also using what’s been done in previous Marvel films:
It 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.
I’m taking into account every movie – I’m not just grabbing my first two movies and First Class and smashing them together. I’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. People took things in various directions, so there’s some clean-up. But ultimately I’m not just ignoring them either.
I’m curious as to how that’s going to work since some of the movies related to the X-Men are not the best, but I can understand his willingness to keep it in the X-Men film universe, even though I don’t necessarily agree with it. I just hope it all makes sense when it’s done, which I imagine can be a challenge, even for Bryan.
One more thing that he’s going to do that will please the fans is that he’ll be exposing some of what’s going on through Twitter:
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.
Here’s a first tweet behind the scenes of the X-Men pre-production:
Going through set designs at Mell’s studio in Montreal. twitter.com/BryanSinger/st…
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) January 30, 2013