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...
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.
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