It's still a couple months before Bryan Singer's time-warping X-Men epic, and he's already fueling the flames for his next installment in the 20th Century Fox franchise X-Men: Apocalypse, set to open on May 27, 2016. Here's what Singer had to say while chatting with Total Film magazine about the tone and continuity of the dark Days of Future Past followup:
"We're going to deal with the notion of ancient mutants - the fact they were born and existed thousands of years ago. But it'll be a contemporary movie - well, it'll take place in the '80s... The '80s is a period now - it's hard for me to believe that! Apocalypse will have more of the mass destruction that X-Men films, to date, have not relied upon. There’s definitely now a character and a story thaallow room for that kind of spectacle. We’re currently breaking the story. We’re almost ready to go. Dan Harris, Michael Dougherty and Simon Kinberg are in the office across the street from me, working on story stuff right now. It’s great to have Dan and Michael back."
Singer was less forthright when prodded about which mutants and characters would definitely return in Apocalypse:
"I don’t want to get too specific, but we’ll introduce familiar characters in a younger time. That’ll be fun to show the audience. I call these movies in-between-quels. It’s a mind-[frick] sometimes in terms of where things fall in the timeline!"
It seems Singer's association with the X-Men films is far from over, with many more stories yet to tell:
"It all stems back to when I did [the first] X-Men. You always want to know where a character’s going to go, what their future’s going be like. You can always sequelise. But on that film I also had actors asking ‘Who am I? Where did my character come from?’ So as a director you always need a backstory to give your actors. It may not be the right backstory, but it’s one you can give the actor to help them understand their character. These prequels are really exciting for me because they give me a chance to explore ideas I came up with more than a decade ago."
Are you married to Singer motoring the Marvel mutants into the next decade, or do you hope he pulls over for a driver change?
(Via Geek Tyrant)