Though the broad strokes must be in place for the pre-production work to be going ahead, Bryan Singer keeps suggesting that the screenplay for his upcoming X-Men movie Days of Future Past has yet to be locked down, even to the extent that he can’t confirm the line-up of featured mutants.
For example, Singer has told MTV that Storm might be back. Or perhaps she won’t:
I can’t say. I don’t know yet. And it’s not necessarily a deal making aspect at all. I want to make sure it’ll make sense. But I love working with her.
Meanwhile, he told The Huffington Post more or less the same thing about Alan Cumming and Nightcrawler:
I don’t know. We’ll see. You know … we’ll see… sometimes you don’t want to say “yes” or “no” to something that may not be a “yes” or a “no,” or anything. I haven’t decided yet, a few things. I’m still, you know… there are certain aspects of the script that I’m still toying with.
I’d certainly prefer to see Cumming back than Berry, but I don’t care about seeing Storm or Nightcrawler so much as wanting a story that will play out in a satisfying way.
And that’s where another one of Singer’s comments is the most interesting to me:
The story is designed and catered to the combined cast. It’s not just throwing in people to occupy the screen, occupy the billboards. The story Days of Future Past, and our version of Days of Future Past is geared very much toward the mass cast and all their relationships and all their foibles and their achievements.
That’s right, that’s what we want to hear. Makes me sceptical about the Berry and Cumming comments as a side-effect, but that’s okay. If they’re not coming back because they’re not needed, then fine.
I also understand how Singer has to be political – there’s no way of knowing what kind of back and forth he’s going through with the studio, and the studio with actors.
I guess the question that would cut to the heart of this would be asking if the current draft of the script features Storm or Nightcrawler, but slapping Singer with that might really be putting him on the spot.
Next up for Bryan Singer is Jack the Giant Slayer, with Days of Future Past set to shoot this spring and summer.