Producer Hutch Parker Talks X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST's Quicksilver, Crossovers and the Future

In an extensive on-set interview, producer Hutch Parker offered more details on the hugely anticipated prequel/sequel/inbetweenquel. Hit the jump to check out more on Quicksilver, 3D, Sentinels, the future of the franchise and a potential Marvel crossover...

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During a break in filming, movie site Collider took part in an interview with a producer of the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, where he spoke about a whole range of topics.

When asked about how he thinks the X-Men films changed the film industry, he explains that "the credit goes to Bryan, specifically the tone and the seriousness with which he approached the material and the character-based issues at the heart of the material changed the landscape and really made possible the legacy we have with The Dark Knight and certainly the X-Men films. It’s an amazing legacy when you look at the films that have been done. And that first film invited not only the filmmakers but gave the audience to take what had otherwise been fantastical notions seriously."

He talked about the future of the franchise in substantial depth. "Simon [Kinberg] and Bryan and Lauren [Shuler Donner] are all thinking now about next steps and have ideas as to next chapters. It’ll be in conjunction with the studio and they’ll have to be on board with whatever direction they find most interesting. I think sequels are very dangerous if you assume and presume success. I think you have to plan each film as a standalone and commit yourself to that as your primary objective. At the risk of being too bold, we definitely feel like we’re on to something and that this is going to be a very special film.

"It’s certainly safe to say there will be another X-Men movie, but where the collective audience wants that next journey to take us, is something I hope - we’ll make plans and sketch ideas but it’s dependent on how everybody reacts and feels when they see the movie. And with the success of these movies in general the bar is being moved a lot. What will come out of the next installment of Batman or Avengers or Iron Man will also inform some of where are the new thresholds, where are the new boundaries we should strive for. It’s an exciting time for movies. And a lot of what Bryan has set to do is trying to take the franchise and more importantly the audience to places beyond where they’ve been before."




There are certainly lots of fans who would be very keen to see the X-Men appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and while Parker sees the potential, he's not sure it's about to happen anytime soon. "It comes down to when it’s in their interest, when it’s in their mutual interest they’ll figure it out. At the moment, I think they don’t see the need. The franchises are successful enough and self-perpetuating enough that I don’t think they see the need. But I think they’re going to see in what Warners is doing in kind of cross pollinating and what has been done with Iron Man and Avengers, and to some degree what’s happened when we’ve married these two casts – I think the studios and the audience is going to see there’s a tremendous opportunity there and may open up that dialogue."

He confirmed that he has seen the Sentinels in action (albeit only in pre-vis state) and that WETA is doing their VFX. He also talked about the film's use of 3D cameras, saying that "honestly, I was much more worried about it coming in. The 3D camera can bog you down. But because Bryan has done a film in 3D he came very well versed. It really hasn’t been a hindrance. For the most part it’s been pretty seamless. A little slower, but not memorable or that would be a concern or complaint."

Parker was hesitant to talk about Quicksilver, but did talk about shooting the character's big action sequence. "I’m worried to say too much. It’s been an interesting one to shoot. I love what Evan’s done with the character. It’s great. You’re shooting with some very unique techniques that I’ve never done before. It’s always kind of scary doing something you hope is going to work but you don’t really know. The early stuff we’ve seen looks fantastic. And this is high speed cameras and things that do something very specific. But again credit to Bryan and Tom and our second unit for capturing this stuff. It’s a totally different style of shooting."

Parker also shut down any rumours of a Fantastic Four easter egg. "We haven’t planted any yet. Frankly, our plate is full enough. Unless you know exactly what you’re doing next in such a way that it times out, you could be putting the wrong egg in the basket."



X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
Release:
May 23, 2014
Director: Bryan Singer
Screenwriter: Simon Kinberg
Starring: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart
Plot: The X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class in a battle that must change the past – to save their future.
Source: Collider
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Luminus - 3/4/2014, 1:03 AM
So all that stuff about a shared universe was just utter nonsense? Just an attempt to steal hype away from Marvel? Pathetic. As pathetic as this movie's Quicksilver.
MsDarkPhoenix - 3/4/2014, 1:08 AM
I don't want to judge before I see the movie but so far I have some problems:

-Jean and Scott, I think that they should come back to life, they are important members of the X-Men
-Quicksilver, I know that most of you never really cared for that character until last summer, but I've been a very big fan of him ever since I read Cap's Kooky Quartet and I really wanted to see him at a live action film. With his TWIN sister! And his name is Quicksilver not Silverjacket!!
-Too much Wolverine already
-The latest movies from Bryan Singer weren't very impressive

I hope that they'll prove me wrong and DoFP will be a good movie, but I think that it's a bad sign that a huge X-Men fan like me is more excited for Guardians of the Galaxy!! Who the hell are the Guardians of the Galaxy?? They can't be more famous than the X-Men!!!
Kurne - 3/4/2014, 1:11 AM
"the credit goes to Bryan, specifically the tone and the seriousness with which he approached the material and the character-based issues at the heart of the material changed the landscape and really made possible the legacy we have with The Dark Knight--"

breakUbatman - 3/4/2014, 1:13 AM
Yeah I agree that making a stand alone film , committing to it and it being the primary objective is important. This is something that I really enjoy about Spider-Man 2, X-2 and TDK, they are sequels that you can just get into without prior knowledge of the franchise. Whereas 3rd movies tend to become more continuity dependent. Similarly Iron Man and Batman Begins alluded to a larger world even though they dealt with one aspect of the heroes journey.

Then you have the TAS-M approach which was more concerned about the next movie than the one we paid to see. Similar elements can be seen in the MCU in general whereby seed elements are shoehorned in.

Focus on the film you are making because you might not get the chance to expand - A lesson learned hard by the makers of Green Lantern
davideodus - 3/4/2014, 1:16 AM
i don't care about that JUST GIVE ME MY POSSIBLE MARVEL STUDIOS MOVIES !!!
LIKE EXAMPLE: PARAMOUNT + 20CENTURY FOX + SONY PICTURES= MARVEL STUDIOS
SCREW THE STUDIOS JUST PUT THE HOLLYWOOD ACTORS IN AVENGERS AND X MEN MOVIES.
Luminus - 3/4/2014, 1:17 AM
@breakUbatman: If you think the makers of Green Lantern "learned" anything other than that "no one" likes Green Lantern, you're fooling yourself. Movies that don't make money, equal movies no one cares about. That's how Hollywood thinks.
breakUbatman - 3/4/2014, 2:26 AM
@Luminus

I honestly hope that's not the lesson they learned :).

I was watching an interview on Movie Talk or something the other day with Mark Strong and they didnt even mention GL. They touched on the failure of John Carter but no Green Latern
TheRationalNerd - 3/4/2014, 2:27 AM
After apocalypse serves it's run I want to see a phoenix saga done with the entire Shi'ar empire, or possibly an Asteroid M adaption. Ahhh, so many possibilities!
jimoakley666 - 3/4/2014, 2:28 AM
And the trolls are there waiting to comment. It's their favourite hobby. Pathetic.

Really looking forward to this movie and where it goes from here. I hope they don't jump too far ahead from the next one's decade. Stay in the late 80's / early 90's with the younger Scott, Jean and Hank. Bring Banshee back. Could be very cool.
TheRationalNerd - 3/4/2014, 2:29 AM
Plus Juggernaut needs justice soon!

Kurne - 3/4/2014, 2:32 AM
The Last Stand Juggernaut take and costume wasn't bad, I just didn't like the actor.
Kurne - 3/4/2014, 2:33 AM
Juggernaut would probably be best in CG. Well, something like Tom Hardy as Bane in TDKR (except MORE).
BatManiac - 3/4/2014, 2:51 AM
I liked Vinnie Jones' Juggernaut.
Luminus - 3/4/2014, 3:03 AM
Don't you find it funny how the knob polishers get upset anytime someone posts something they don't agree with? Everyone who disagrees with them is a troll. That bubble universe these people exist in must be seriously tiny. I almost needed a magnifying glass to address it.
Luminus - 3/4/2014, 3:09 AM
Juggernaut needs no eyes!

JohnWilbanks - 3/4/2014, 3:35 AM
Hopefully this movie will fail badly and any that come after so that maybe the license reverts back to the studio it should be at - Marvel Studios. They would do so much better with this and maybe keep Singer far away from it...
RodimusPryme - 3/4/2014, 3:45 AM
Who cares? It's just a fictional tale. Maybe the x-men will meet some vampire aliens... just make a good story and borrow the x-men title. I really hope there are more explosions in this one or maybe they could still the lens flares from Star Trek. I hope Fox goes with a purple beast played by a girl. Who cares? It's just fiction anyway. (sarcasm)
RodimusPryme - 3/4/2014, 3:46 AM
Who cares? It's just a fictional tale. Maybe the x-men will meet some vampire aliens... I know they will just make a good story and borrow the x-men title. I really hope there are more explosions in this one or maybe they could steal the lens flares from Star Trek. I hope Fox goes with a purple beast played by a girl. Who cares? It's just fiction anyway. (sarcasm)
TheGreenRanger - 3/4/2014, 4:31 AM
People here are expecting justice from Singer?
SuperCat - 3/4/2014, 4:35 AM
Ok, Quicksilver looks like sh*t. But maybe the effects for him running on screen will look cool.

TheGreenRanger - 3/4/2014, 4:42 AM
HAHAHA supercat youre always spot on
Pasto - 3/4/2014, 5:37 AM
This movie is going to blow all kinds of ass. And I'll be sitting here, just so I can enjoy the experience of having my ass blown.






McNyagano - 3/4/2014, 5:42 AM
""the credit goes to Bryan, specifically the tone and the seriousness with which he approached the material and the character-based issues at the heart of the material changed the landscape and really made possible the legacy we have with The Dark Knight and certainly the X-Men films."

TheGreenRanger - 3/4/2014, 5:54 AM
I still cant believe this movie is actually anticipated by some
DrDoom - 3/4/2014, 6:01 AM
TelaVizion - 3/4/2014, 6:17 AM
F*ck FOX, Marvel should just cast Hugh Jackman in one of their movies (would have been good to have him in one of Cap's movies), and not credit him with an actual name.

The nerdgasms that would cause would be out of this world. And FOX wouldn't be able to say anything because legally, Marvel was in the right to do so. They don't make any actual references to him using any sort of nickname for Logan (the audience will take care of that all on their own).

That's the loophole for Hugh. And the same can be done with Andrew... Show him taking pics or something. Once again, you don't credit him with any names associated with Spider-Man.
TelaVizion - 3/4/2014, 6:19 AM
TheGreenRanger, people love all of the mutant movies. Unlike us, they don't have the comic knowledge to compare them to which leads them to see just how good all of the movies have been.

We are actually the flawed ones in this situation.
SaxoWolf - 3/4/2014, 6:45 AM
@TelaVizion But could Hugh actually have claws in that sitution?
TheGreenRanger - 3/4/2014, 6:49 AM
telavizion - unfortunately, you're right amigo.
SimpleeComplex - 3/5/2014, 4:51 PM
I love how the Singer Sycophants find a way to trace the birth of the human race and the creation of the universe back to Bryan Singer. Yes Schumacher really killed Batman's movie rep with his glow-in-the-dark Gotham and Bat-nipples. Was Singer's X-men, Blade, etc. all collecively part of taking CBM's serious again yes...But solely attributing him
For changing the landscape and making Dark Knight films possible is a stretch and a slap in the face to a person who has a normal amount of chromosomes. So how come Singer couldn't make Superman a legacy? he had a direct hand in that?! Oh maybe he ran out of magical landscape legacy dust when he let Chris Nolan and Christian Bale borrow it.
And For movies that have such a serious tone why are the X-men films so laughable??

What a joke. Take your penis out of Singer's ass please, cuz ur smearing poop all over.


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