Collider's X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Set Visit.
Collider has posted their X-Men: Days Of Future Past set visit. They share a few tid bits of what they learnt during their set visit of Brian Singers X-Men: Days of Future Past. Hit the jump!
A couple months ago, there was a leaked excerpt from the script which involved Warpath and Blink teleporting into a bunker before facing off some sentinels in Moscow. Collider confirms that indeed that the movie is said to open in a 'partially destroyed futuristic Moscow.' It was confirmed a while ago that this will be Fox's second largest production after Avatar. 'The production was shooting 70% on soundstages and used 39 sets and 26 locations', according to Collider. One of the sets is an ancient Chinese monastery that is supposed to be located in the hills of China. A lot of the movie is extended through digital sets. They only had the time to build a section of the Chinese monastery set. The only sets Myhre rebuilt from the first film were the blue underground hallways and Cerebro.
“What was really fun was I literally pulled the plans out from 12 years ago and blew the dust off. But when you see it in the movie it’ll be completely different. The panels are all torn apart. The place has been ransacked. I think it was the first day of shooting. It was really fun to start the new adventure with something we were familiar with, but was completely different,” says Production Designer John Myhre.
Director Brian Singer reached out to James Cameron to help him 'develop his time travel universe with physics, and laws of observation. According to Singer, Wolverine is the films "Observer" Kinberg also met with James on the aspect of time travel. The film will cut back and forth between the two time frames even during the final battle which could make for some very intense scenes, because Collider wrote that the last 25% of the movie is non-stop action. This goes in line with what Simon Kinberg said in the Empire magazine interview in which he described the 3rd act with
"spaceships exploding as the surviving X-men, holed up in a monastery in Mongolia, try to stave off an assualt by the future sentinels, unstoppable, energy-draining robo-bastards."This confirms that there will be a lot of action and we might finally see Singer utilize all the mutants in the film. “I’m never going to be the kind of director I think who just has action ad nauseum, or action and destruction ad nauseum. I just dont think it’s in me unless it’s motivated by the story and the characters”, said Singer on how much he puts in the film.
While the Sentinels in the past are dangerous, they are deadly in the future. The only way to take them on is with the whole group fighting together. We know the future sentinels will be able to adapt the mutant's powers and use them against the mutants. WETA will be doing the VFX for the sentinels. Singer said:
“Well we tried to make the ones from 1973, the Sentinels of the past, a little fun and stylish but also a little retro, and the key is they’re not made of metal. That’s very important to our story because we’ve got a very powerful mutant. So that was a challenge…” On the aspect of time travel, it was said that "When you change something in the past it doesn’t immediately change the future. It’s more like Back to the Future. Due to the difficulty of making time travel films, he had to come up with a philosophy and set of rules for it in the film before production so that the story could feel as plausible as possible."
This film will be darker than First Class, and possibly darker than any of the previous X-Men films. Hugh Jackman said, “he really wanted to create a very realistic, human, emotionally rich dynamic and it’s just gone to another level on this. It’s a very epic, big, big movie.” Charles Xavier is the protagonist, the film will revolve around him and the film will explain how he can walk with the help of Hank. According to Collider, Professor Xavier finds a way to use his legs again in this film, but ends up eventually choosing the chair instead. Part of the arc of his character is that he chooses to be in it, rather than feeling condemned to it.' They came up with new ideas for the third act pretty far down the line of development, and during production they figured out a new element they wanted to add to the Quicksilver sequence meaning Pietro was not in the script in the first place. Whether Pietro's twin sister Wanda appears in the film or not, that remains to be seen.
What do you guys think? If you wanna read more, head over to Collider who have a lot more information on the set visit.
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class, in an epic battle that must change the past -- to save our future. X-Men: Days of Future Past has wrapped filming, and stars Hugh Jackman (Prisoners), James McAvoy (Filth), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Michael Fassbender(Shame, The Counselor), Ian McKellen (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies), Omar Sy (The Intouchables), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Halle Berry(Monster's Ball, Cloud Atlas), Adan Canto (The Following), Fan Bingbing (Bodyguards and Assassins), Anna Paquin (True Blood), Evan Peters (Kick-Ass, American Horror Story), Daniel Cudmore (Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn), Ellen Page (Inception, Super) & Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1). Bryan Singer (Superman Returns, X2) directs the film in theaters May 23, 2014!
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