Chris Claremont Shares His Thoughts On Bryan Singer's X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Chris Claremont Shares His Thoughts On Bryan Singer's X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Both The Wolverine and X-Men: Days of Future Past are based on the work of legendary writer Chris Claremont, and he shares his thoughts here on Bryan Singer's big screen adaptation of the latter. "It's about fighting for freedom and the cost of fighting for freedom."

20th Century Fox's X-Men movies haven't always pleased fans, but for the most part, Chris Claremont likes what the studio has done with Marvel's merry band of mutants. Talking to Newsarama recently, the writer was asked to share his thoughts on the upcoming adaptation of X-Men: Days of Future Past. It's currently unknown just how much of the original storyline will make it to the big screen, but the fact that so many past cast members have been brought back into the fold has led fans to believe we will at least get a reasonably faithful version.

"The challenge, I would think, for Bryan is that the heart of the original story is not the fight with the Brotherhood back in the present day. The challenge, the story, is actually what happens in the future. Getting them to the point where you can send Kitty back, and seeing the consequences of what will happen if they fail, and not knowing at the end how it's going to turn out. You think it's going to be a happy ending, but you're not sure, because pretty much everybody dies — in the comic, anyway. You can't not be invested. That's pretty much most of my working life, dancing around or through the X-Men as a concept."

"You could look at it as time travel, or you could look at it as pan-dimension. It's all a matter of how you want to define it, and I'm sure they've got some brainiacs out on the left coast earning a small research stipend figuring out a plausible way of making it fly. That's the fun and games of Hollywood. How the hell they're going to fit it into 120 minutes, I have no sodding idea. I'd be looking on this as your basic 1974 film with an intermission."

"In movies it's a one-shot item too often. If we're doing Days of Future Past, we need Ororo, we need Logan. OK, we've got Hugh Jackman, but that means we've got to get Halle Berry. I'm sure some accountant at Fox is going, 'Huh? 'We're talking how much?' On the other hand, you never know when a major talent is willing to do a Scarlett Johansson, and come in perhaps at scale, just for the fun of it. The really nice thing with Future Past is that you actually have a superhero film — much to everyone's surprise, I will hope — that is about something. It's about racism, I hope. It's about resisting oppression. It's about fighting for freedom and the cost of fighting for freedom. I will be fascinated to see how they weave the two together."

You can read more of Claremont's comments on the past and future comic book movies from Fox by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page. Do you agree with what he has to say about X-Men: Days of Future Past? Be sure to sound off with your thoughts in the usual place!


James McAvoy as Charles Xavier
Michael Fassbender as Magneto
Nicholas Hoult as Beast
Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine
Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier
Ian McKellen as Magneto
Shawn Ashmore as Iceman
Anna Paquin as Rogue
Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde

RELEASE DATE: July 17th, 2014.

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Nadj76 - 3/4/2013, 8:15 AM
Can't wait....
TOXICquikwraith - 3/4/2013, 8:16 AM
dotfp is the best x men story line...hope bryan singer doesnt make it like Jack the Giant Sucker
BruceLeroy - 3/4/2013, 8:25 AM
I'd love to see Claremont's reaction when he finds out how butchered the story will be.
m0th3r - 3/4/2013, 8:26 AM
WTF is wrong with you people...JtGK SUCKED BALLS...Superman Returns SUCKED BALLS...90% of everything Singer does SUCKS BALLS...Why the hell is anyone excited? He has what clearly is a hodgpodge cast, script and [frick]ing Millar is out there talking studio shit and they dont even talk. Can anyone say TRAIN WRECK..just like the Wolverine turdfest we cant seem to get a trailer for because they are scared...
pitbull76 - 3/4/2013, 8:28 AM
@Gusto I'm going out on a limb here but i sense sarcasm in your post lol.
doctorD - 3/4/2013, 8:32 AM
Got to meet Chris this weekend at our Comic-con. Pretty cool guy. I asked this very question with his response being the pretty much the same thing. By the way, I got him to sign my copy of Days of Future Past.
GodzillaKart - 3/4/2013, 8:36 AM
X-Men 2 and Usual Suspects were both great. Superman Returns not so much. Singer has been hit or miss. Let's hope this is a hit.
Danbojohnj - 3/4/2013, 8:37 AM
Might watch it on DVD if I can be arsed,but I just can't get excited about another dull Singer comic book film.
pitbull76 - 3/4/2013, 8:37 AM
@Levitikuz Apt pupil also x-men
GodzillaKart - 3/4/2013, 8:38 AM
@Levitikuz: Apt Pupil, The Usual Suspects.
DrDoom - 3/4/2013, 8:40 AM
Singer's sole 'great' movie is Usual Suspects, and that was almost twenty years ago.
ATrueHero1987 - 3/4/2013, 8:42 AM
Y'all better chill out with the Singer comments before you know who starts
marvel72 - 3/4/2013, 8:42 AM
chris claremont is a f*ckin legend,17 years writing the uncanny x-men is i think the longest run on one title ever!

this movie better be as good as x-men 2.
manymade1 - 3/4/2013, 8:44 AM
I think this fill has the potential to be one of the greatest CBMs.
manymade1 - 3/4/2013, 8:45 AM

jerryblake - 3/4/2013, 8:46 AM
"The challenge, the story, is actually what happens in the future. Getting them to the point where you can send Kitty back, and seeing the consequences of what will happen if they fail, and not knowing at the end how it's going to turn out."


But please, let the Bishop step in to the party.

Made by IIIAdamantiumIII :)
StrangerX - 3/4/2013, 8:49 AM
Death to the mutants
JatevinM - 3/4/2013, 8:51 AM
And again I say if you have no interest in this movie or anything to do with it then why come onto the article talking crap and saying the same things on every article?
126thst - 3/4/2013, 8:53 AM
I have a bad feeling about this movie.
jerryblake - 3/4/2013, 8:53 AM

give me v3 with full costume and guns
AC1 - 3/4/2013, 8:54 AM
@LEVI I've heard The Usual Suspects is great. I haven't gotten around to watching it yet but I hopefully will soon. Singer seems like a very mixed bag - He's made some great films (X2, apparently Usual Suspects), some mediocre films (Superman Returns, X-Men), and some pretty bad films (I've heard Jack and the Giant Slayer's pretty bad).
AC1 - 3/4/2013, 8:56 AM
I must admit though, I can't say I'm looking forward to DOFP, which is doubly worrying as any X-Men fan should be looking forward to an adaptation of that story.
jerryblake - 3/4/2013, 9:04 AM
yossarian sum it up real good
ElDarkside - 3/4/2013, 9:05 AM
Usual suspects is one of the most underrated movies IMO. AND XMEN 2 is def in my top 5 best comicbookmovies ever

The dark knight
Spider-Man 2 - how this movie doesn't get more love is beyond me
Ironman 1

Valkyrie is also good, not great but much better than superman returns.

Singer actually understands the value of storytelling and incorporating the themes apparent in all xmen mythos I've ever read or watched in cartoons. ie... Segregation, race, separation or mutants/ humans, etc
DanteSparda - 3/4/2013, 9:10 AM

X-Men 2
Giznad - 3/4/2013, 9:13 AM
Chris is the man. Uncanny X-Men is my favorite comic book series of all-time.
RPD - 3/4/2013, 9:16 AM
I'll have to see this, trainwreck or not...
gambgel - 3/4/2013, 9:17 AM
I dont find mature enough the comments of some users saying Bryan's only good movie was Usual suspects.

Havent u watched Apt pupil? if you have and dont like it, I dont have any idea about what is a good movie to you.

Usual Suspects
Apt Pupil
X-men 2
and even Superman Returns have all been good movies.

If some of you cant see the quality of those movies, then class dismissed.
jessepostal - 3/4/2013, 9:21 AM
@yoss, love that commercial, Mutombo was one of my favs
TheAbomination - 3/4/2013, 9:21 AM
Singer has a lot riding on this project, especially due to the fact that Jack the Giant Slayer was a shit movie. He better deliver the goods.
jerryblake - 3/4/2013, 9:25 AM
The truth is every director can do some shitty movies, some average movies, or some great ones too.

Singers best movies are for me Valkyrie and X2

Can't remember Usual Suspects, Apt Pupil.

Didn't see Jack the Giant yet.

X1 was above average. I was in there for drama, not for sf.

Superman Returns was rather bland.

This guy also brought you House. Don't you forget it.

BubblesShedAndBreakfast - 3/4/2013, 9:32 AM
I just hope we get to see future Wolverine get killed by a Sentinal!!!
jmeromeo - 3/4/2013, 9:39 AM
“The Usual Suspects” was a great movie.
“Apt Pupil” was very good.
“X-Men” and” X2”, with the exception of some miscasting and poor portrayal of Cyclops’ character, were good to pretty good.
“Superman Returns” was an injustice to the legacy of Superman. This movie was terrible in so many ways, too numerous to get into.
“Valkyrie” was a good movie.
I haven’t seen “Jack the Giant Slayer”.
All in all, he is hit or miss. And to direct “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, we need it to be awesome!
jerryblake - 3/4/2013, 9:54 AM

"Again, we have to celebrate the peak of the genre instead of criticizing every single micro-transaction."


dellamorte1872 - 3/4/2013, 10:01 AM
ROGUE should just be where Rachel Summers is and the future and come up with some logical leech like healing ability her power gives her or something. It's convoluted but so is continuity so why not pay homage she was more integral than iceman or angel in the film team
dellamorte1872 - 3/4/2013, 10:02 AM
She leeches from wolverine to get healing abilities.....easy idea
jerryblake - 3/4/2013, 10:05 AM

I think I know what's your favorite movie is now
Fogs - 3/4/2013, 10:06 AM
Man, I want this movie to be good... I really do. I love the original story and I don't think it will be remade so soon, even if it sucks.
jerryblake - 3/4/2013, 10:08 AM

It's just like someone would ruin for me the ending of SAW.
Best [frick]ing ending ever.
Newbus - 3/4/2013, 10:11 AM
"...It's about racism, I hope. It's about resisting oppression. It's about fighting for freedom and the cost of fighting for freedom. I will be fascinated to see how they weave the two together."

And I've got a feeling they're going to miss the point of DOFP with this film, just like the previous films.

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