While “X-Men: Apocalypse” is slowly preparing to return to Mel’s Cite du Cinema in Montreal in April 2015 to start production, so will most fans start to pack away the blue-ray collection boxes of the old “X-Men” movies to say goodbye to an era. We have been waiting for some news to back up up the very interesting tidbits shared by long-time “X-Men” Producer Lauren Shuler Donner while she attended the “X-Men: Days of Future Past” premiere in London earlier this year. She mentioned that we should forget about “X3” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, leaving us with more questions about the path our band of heroes are set to move on.
It turns out that Storm, Cyclops and Jean will be returning for the next “X-Men” movie, but there is a huge possibility that Halle Berry, James Marsden and Famke Janssen will not be reprising their respective roles. Producer/writer Simon Kinberg recently revealed in an interview with Yahoo that a recast is imminent due to the younger versions of the three mutants that are expected to take the franchise forward.
“If we included some of the original X-Men like Storm and Jean and Scott [Summers aka Cyclops] and others in ‘Apocalypse’, yeah, we would have to recast them because ‘Apocalypse’ takes place a good 20 years before ‘X1’, which now insanely was 10 to 15 years ago,”
“It’d be very hard to do, because Halle, Famke and Jimmy and others have done such wonderful jobs of bringing those characters to life. It would be a tall task. But I also would have said before ‘First Class’ there would have been no way we find actors who could stand alongside Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, but I think we managed to with Michael [Fassbender] and James [McAvoy], finding their own interpretations of the characters, not doing an impersonation.”
Marvel’s “Days of Future Past“ already set the wheels in motion to clean out the memory banks of the past “X” movies, and it seems that “Apocalypse” will round up the final duties to completely restart the franchise on a brand new slate.
Kinberg also revealed where the franchise is heading:
“We changed the timeline for everything that came after ‘DOFP’ – so ‘X-Men 1’, 2 and 3, even ‘The Wolverine’. So Jean [Grey] was not killed in ‘Last Stand’, nor was Scott, and a whole lot of other things rippled…
“The thrust of ‘Apocalypse’ is really to complete the trilogy we began with ‘First Class’ – to complete the stories of young Raven, young Hank, younger Charles and Erik. And complete this trilogy of four people who began the films sort of disparate and in different worlds…[and who] we’ve followed through the span of decades. So that’ll be the thrust. There will be familiar characters and new characters that we haven’t seen…ever…but it’ll be the completion of what we began in ‘First Class’.”
There are so many reason to be excited about a clean slate, which in most part for us, means forgetting about the awful introduction of Deadpool in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. With the ‘Deadpool‘ movie finally moving forward with the official release date announced, we can rest assured that “Origins” will not be haunting us in our nightmares anymore. Bryan Singer is set to return behind the lens for “X-Men: Apocalypse”, which is scheduled to be released on May 27, 2016.
Singer was kind enough to give us a quick glimpse at what to expect for the opening sequence of the upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past” sequel. The helmer leaked a small part of the script written by him, Kinberg, Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris via Instagram back in July. Check out the details Here.
The time-frame is set 10 years after “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, but will “deal with the notion of ancient mutants” according to previous reports. We can also prepare ourselves for an “X-Men” flick that is “more of ‘First Class’ sequel” featuring some of the original cast, and promising to have “more mass destruction” than any “X-Men” film to date. Kinberg also confirmed that “X-Men” movie geeks can expect familiar faces to make an appearance in the follow-up.
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Check out Simon Kinberg’s interview