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X-Men: Days of Future Past Mutates from Vaughn to Singer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | October 31, 2012 | Comments ()


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Oh come on, how am I supposed to top the revelation of a new Star Wars film? I feel like the guy doing the weather on the evening news the day Kennedy got shot. THE PRESIDENT IS DEAD. Now over to Steven to find out how that low pressure system might spell trouble for your barbeque this weekend!

Well on this fine Halloween morning, it seems that Matthew Vaughn has left the director's chair of the sequel to X-Men: First Class, though he at the moment is still on board as a writer. Bryan Singer is now taking over directorial duties, which isn't an entirely bad thing. Those first two X-Men films weren't half bad.

The new film is called X-Men: Days of Future Past which sounds like a grammar thriller in which the antagonist Pluperfect wages a secret war on aspect with his ultimate weapon, The Subjunctive.

I'm of mixed feelings. Singer manages to either do things that make me really happy (those two X-Men films, Usual Suspects) and mixing it up with things that really anger me. Like the time he wanted to make a big screen version of Battlestar Galactica within six months of the series ending that had nothing to do with the series at all. Or the time he argued that Superman Returns was panned because most people just weren't intelligent enough to understand that the film was a Christ metaphor.

The film is supposed to star the younger X-people instead of the old ones, and involves a plot to prevent a future in which mutants are hunted down. So the way I see it, after solving the Cuban missile crisis, the X-Men then worked to prevent the television show "Heroes".



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  • Singer's X-Men movies were shit and Ratner just coated a thick level of shit stink on top of the trilogy. It's like biting into a cake and realizing it's a shit cake with shit frosting. You could smell it, you definitely could taste it, but by God, you were so convinced it was chocolate that you'd probably take another bite when FX tries to dress it up classy-like with that "DVD Behind the Scenes" crap they always do, even though the DVD's been out for five years or more.

  • Ley

    Not Brett Ratner = acceptable

  • gnibs

    "Those first two X-Men films weren’t half bad." We weren't watching the same movies. X-Men 2 was amazing.

  • Derreck

    I always adore seeing that header picture. January Jones and her Victoria's Secret (secret revealed: she's a mutant!) outfit and pose. She looks so out of place.

    But then again, she was out of place with the other actors in the movie so i guess that's pretty accurate advertising.

    and i think Singer returning is a good idea. X2 was actually a pretty great movie, plus, this storyline could potentially be fantastic. I'd turn into Jubilee and burst into fireworks for a Jean Grey/Famke Janssen cameo.

    Or maybe Singer should step out and have RATNER return.

    Would you like that? WOULD YOU LIKE THAT?

  • Fredo

    Days of Future Past is one of the X-Men's highlights. Now how are they going to have it without Wolverine is an intriguing question.

    As for Singer replacing Vaughn, I rather liked how Vaughn was doing and I'm afraid of Singer's touch post-Superman Returns. He's gotten too literal for me.

  • after solving the Cuban missile crisis, the X-Men then worked to prevent the television show “Heroes”

    Reason enough to try.

  • googergieger

    "Superman Returns was panned because most people just weren’t intelligent enough to understand that the film was a Christ metaphor."

    To be fair I didn't know that. In that case the film is even more shite than I originally gave it credit for.

  • googergieger

    "I feel like the guy doing the weather on the evening news the day Kennedy got shot."

    TOO SOON!

  • BWeaves

    "I feel like the guy doing the campaign report on the day the weather went Sandy."

  • Natallica

    I'll go ahead and say it: Vaughn was fired for making sweet, baby-creating love to January Jones.

  • Ugh, I was trying to forget how terrible she was in that film. Terrible and not remotely sexy.

  • Green Lantern

    Every time she opened her mouth the film slammed to an abrupt halt.

    Really liked most of the rest of it though!

  • And he's lucky that's all that came of that. I'll say no more.

  • Mr_Zito

    I loved X-men and X-Men 2 when I first saw them, but they kind of lost their appeal with me when I tried to watch them again years later. X-Men 2 is still a lot of fun, and there are some character elements that are enjoyable, there's no doubt that they managed to get Wolverine, Professor X and Magneto to be much cooler characters than anyone expected, but overall the movies seem kind of cheesy and the stories doesn't make much sense when you think too much about them. Then First Class came and again I felt the same thing: the first time I saw I loved it, specially the quirky characters aspect, the retro-trash mood... but I just watched it for the second time and without the novelty it seemed a little boring even. So I think it's great that this second movie seems more and more like a totally different thing while managing to somehow carry on the previous movies. So Singer coming in might really be a good thing, what worries me is that this film has already been delayed and changed so much, and there are at least three actors in it that probably have difficult schedules (Jennifer Laurence, Fassbender, and maybe not so much James McAvoy) so I'm starting to wonder if this is really ever gonna happen. It's sounding more and more like one of those projects that we talk about for years and years and if one day they finally come out it's a mess, with a paycheck director hired in the last minute to make it because when everything was finally ready the originals were busy with other stuff.

  • X-Men: Days of Future Passed. The X-Men form a Prog-Rock band and begin making psychedelic concept albums.

  • In the climax they have to showdown in a battle of the bands against a new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants composed of Rick Wakeman, Geddy Lee and Phil Collins, led by the evil tyrant Roger Waters.

    Or, failing that, just get Roger Waters to play Magneto. At least once. Please.

  • FrayedMachine

    Ugh. Those first two X-Men movies weren't half bad? WEREN'T HAVE BAD?! I don't have enough caps to rage over how much of a shit show those movies were. As someone cleverly pointed out to me, there were no X-Men movies, just Wolverine movies.

    I'm petty pissed. I liked Vaughn's take on the X-Men. Sure, it wasn't absolutely mind blowing but it was a massive step up from the horror that was the previous trilogy. Singer's X-Men Sucked (albeit, a minor step up from Ratner's X-Men but I'm still debating which one's the bigger evil). Now any actual sincere seriousness and weight this movie could possibly have will inevitably be thrown out the window to be replaced with shitty non-clever-painfully obvious and borderline offensive to my intelligence campy nonesense.

    Ugh. Just very very sad over this.

  • THANK YOU.

  • space_oddity

    Completely agree. It wasn't until First Class that I actually had an X-Men movie I moderately enjoyed. This news makes me very sad. Maybe Vaughn staying on as writer may help things?

  • lilianna28

    COMPLETELY agree (caps are necessary). I guess, if you pretend the first two movies were about some random group- call them the "Y-Men" and they all have cool powers, then sure. But the complete bastardization of every character save Wolverine is inexcusable. There are GOOD STORIES in those comic books people? Why did we have to invent mutants, change characters, take their ages and screw with them?

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