In an interview with IGN, producer Bryan Singer announced that the highly anticipated sequel to Fox’s X-Men: First Class is “Days of Future Past.” Singer calls the in-progress script “very ambitious.” Even casual X-Men fans are familiar with the iconic story-line, which involves the modern day Kitty Pryde’s close encounter with a dystopian future in which the already tumultuous relations between humans and mutants have descended into living nightmare territory. These days it’d likely be presented as a six or eight month event, but back in 1981, it was just two issues–#141 and 142–of Claremont and Byrne’s storied run on Uncanny X-Men. Not that the concepts involved haven’t been revisited numerous times in the three decades since, of course.
Singer says the film will touch on aspects of that original story, but also extend into new territory for the X-Men film universe, a world the producer describes as being just as big as the Marvel Universe (being mined over at that other studio).
Now, it’s unclear at this point just how closely this Days of Future Past will mirror the comic iteration, especially given the divergence between the time lines. Might this story feature elements from three different eras, including characters and relationships from the 60s era First Class, the more modern status quo of the original X-Men film trilogy, as well as the not-so-distant future? Will Jackman’s Wolverine play a role? Will Sirs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen reprise their roles as the older versions of Charles Xavier and Magneto respectively?
Ambitious is right.
Matthew Vaughn is set to direct the film, which is scheduled for July of 2014.