Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Daniel Cudmore could appear in X-Men: First Class sequel
LATEST revelations for the storyline of the X-Men: First Class sequel could see the addition of stars from the previous films set in later years, including Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.
The epic tale could be another result of the Avengers Effect that I mentioned yesterday, which has already seen Warner Bros resurrecting its plans for a Justice League team-up movie.
Yes, we are in a post-Avengers landscape where multi-character, billion-dollar superhero blockbusters are very possible if done right. For Hollywood, it's time to wake up and smell the comics.
Twentieth Century Fox has - according to AICN - registered the title Days of Future Past with the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America). The MPAA has a Title Registration Bureau for studios and production companies to stake their claims on the names of films they intend to release, in order to prevent others using a similar title.
Confirming that earlier report, it's now separately emerged that Fox has also registered the website domain names X-MenDaysofFuturePast.com and DaysofFuturePast.com.
For several years, producers including Lauren Shuler Donner have said they love the Days of Future Past storyline from the X-Men comics. At one time, Shuler Donner hinted that an X4/X5 - following on from X-Men: The Last Stand and more than likely based on Days of Future Past - had been proposed to the studio with Bryan Singer set to direct.
It now seems this idea has been merged with the X-Men: First Class sequel, which is to be directed by Matthew Vaughn with Singer, Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg producing. Production is due to start in January for release in July 2014.
Spanning two issues, it showed a dystopian future in which Sentinels - giant mutant-hunting robots - ruled the USA and had captured or killed many of the X-Men. Mutants were either incarcerated in concentration camps or on the run in rebel factions.
To try to avert this bleak future, the consciousness of Kitty Pryde was sent back in time to her present-day self (played by Ellen Page in X-Men: The Last Stand). Her aim was to get the X-Men to prevent the assassination of Senator Robert Kelly by the Brotherhood. The assassination was determined to be the pivotal moment that led to the terrible future.
It's one of the most memorable X-Men stories and has also been adapted into the 1990s animated series, in which a mutant called Bishop was sent back in time rather than Kitty's consciousness. In the later animated series Wolverine And The X-Men, another version of the tale saw the future Professor Xavier telepathically contacting the past X-Men rather than physical time travel being involved.
What this means for the movies is bringing together mutants from the First Class film with those seen in the previous trilogy set in later decades, including older versions of some of the same characters.
As yet there is no official confirmation from the studio and no information on who they want to include. But it could potentially mean seeing the return of actors such as Hugh Jackman (who already had a cameo in First Class), Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, Daniel Cudmore, Kelsey Grammer and Rebecca Romijn.