The first X-Men movie was a big turning point for comic book movies, and the sequel was even better.
The series and its spin offs have been spotty since, but the prequel, X-Men: First Class, got pretty good fan response, mixed to good reviews as well, and we’re hoping the next Wolverine movie will be cool as well. (It’s got James Mangold of Walk the Line directing, and a screenplay by Usual Suspects scribe Christopher McQuarrie, and Total Recall’s Mark Bomback).
So now Rotten Tomatoes and Collider are reporting that the next X-Men film, the sequel to X-Men: First Class, is going to be called X-Men: Day of Future Past, and it’s based on issues #141 and #141 of the comic.
As Tomatoes tells us, those issues, which were released in 1981, was “an influential (and often imitated) storyline that featured time travel and visions of a future of an alternate reality that was caused when the X-Men failed to prevent the assassination of Senator Kelly.”
Bryan Singer, who directed the first two X-Men films, said, “I think there’s a strong desire to broaden out the universe. The X-Men universe on its own is every bit as big as the Marvel universe and I think it’s time to reach out and explore it and perhaps even bring some connectivity between the films, as Marvel’s done so well.”
As Entertainment Weekly notes, Days of Future Past is due for release in July 2014, which is shaping up to be a hell of a comic movie year with a planned Ant-Man movie, Captain America: The Winter Solider, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the next installment of The Amazing Spider-Man.
Matthew Vaughn, who directed X-Men: First Class, will be back for Future Past, and he’s also writing the script with Jane Goldman and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes). Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, and Jason Flemyng are also set to come back as well, and the Days of Future Past storyline with the X-Men traveling through time and confronting themselves is definitely a very interesting idea for the next flick in the series.