‘X-Men: First Class’ Sequel Title Confirmed To Be ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’
Straight from Russia, the website Film Business Today has confirmed that the sequel to ‘X-Men: First Class’ will be ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’
Rumors about the title began last month when Fox registered the name ‘Days of Future Past’ with the MPAA. At that time, it wasn’t known if the title would be for the sequel of ‘X-Men: First Class’ or not. Now it seems our Russian friends have made the confirmation.
Fans of the X-Men comic series will undoubtedly recognize the title as it is from the ‘Uncanny X-Men’ comic book storyline written in 1981 by legendary X-Men writer/artist team Chris Claremont and John Byrne. The storyline involves the X-Men trying to stop the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants led by Mystique from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly, a known anti-mutant political figure. When they fail, the event creates a timeline where Sentinels rule the US and mutants are hunted and placed in internment camps. The present day X-Men are forewarned by this possible timeline from future X-Men Kitty Pryde but despite the current X-Men succeeding in stopping the assassination, the dystopian future still exists as an alternate timeline rather than the true actual future.
Fox Studios has always envisioned ‘X-Men: First Class’ as the first of a trilogy. Scribe Simon Kinberg (who wrote ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and co-produced ‘X-Men: First Class) is currently writing the sequel with director Matthew Vaughnand his longtime collaborator Jane Goldman (‘Kick-Ass,’ ‘The Woman in Black’). Bryan Singer will return as co-producer on the film.
Many fans are pleased with the path that this sequel is going on as it may be able to bridge the inconsistencies and continuation problems that ‘X-men: First Class’ had with the original ‘X-Men’ trilogies. It will also be very interesting to see how Kinberg et al will bridge the two movies and how close to the comic the story will be.
‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ will begin production sometime in January 2013 and has a July 18, 2014 release date.