X-Men: Days of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg sat down with the Hollywood Reporter and talked Days of Fututre Days as well as the next X-Men film he is working on. Here are a few highlights of the interview
Did you approach the ending with the idea that we might see more of the original cast in future films?
We approached it as a final goodbye for the original actors. But to be totally candid, that’s the way I approached X-Men: The Last Stand. If you talked to me in 2006 and said, “Do you think we’ll ever see Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier again? Do you think we’ll see Ian and Halle and Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore back on screen together?” I most likely would have said no, and certainly in the case of Patrick Stewart I would have said no way. There’s some part of our brains that hopes we will see them again, but we wanted to tell a story that felt like it was a conclusion to their stories.
So Age of Apocalypse will be the younger cast?
That movie will primarily be the next chapter in the story of the First Class cast.
When you were writing the movie, did you realize how much Quicksilver would become a scene stealer?
In my first draft of the script, that character was actually young Juggernaut. One of the first things [director] Bryan Singer said about the script was we needed a different character, because he felt like Juggernaut’s powers had visually been fully explored in X3. Quicksilver was really Bryan’s idea, and he had this very clear sense of the tone of the character, who he wanted to play the character and how we would shoot that kitchen scene.
Did you always know you wanted to have the future scenes intercut throughout the movie?
I always wanted to because I love these actors. It was an opportunity to see them for maybe the last time as those characters. But it was an extra challenge. Usually in time travel movies, you start the movie in the future, and then a character goes back to the past and you spend the majority of movie in the past, until you pop back to the future to see how the past has impacted it
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