Report Claims X-Men Days Of Future Past Will Be Released In Hobbit-y 48fps, But I’m Not So Sure…

days of future pastWay back in the spring, just ahead of starting production on Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer told me, directly and openly, that they’d be shooting in 3D but at the typical 24fps.

According to Ain’t It Cool News and a couple of their sources, however, he was either fibbing or about to change his mind.

Here’s a quote from their second source:

X:DoFP was shot in HFR and will be released in 48fps. The filmmakers played coy because of the negative reaction to the technology when the Hobbit film was released, but love the results and will be standing behind a theatrical release in high frame rate.

I loved the 48fps look of The Hobbit and, personally, wouldn’t miss seeing new films in 24fps if all filmmakers decided to abandon it. Like black and white, academy ratio or 18fps before it, 24fps has given us some of the most wonderful works of art known to man but there’s no real reason at all it has to be the default. On the other hand, I could definitely make an argument for what new possibilities 48fps, not to mention multiple frame rates, would bring.

I’m still doubtful that these reports are true. Singer didn’t seem to be lying nor in any doubt, and not completely coy either as he very brazenly admitted that he liked higher frame rates. Maybe something happened in the week or two between our interview and the start of production – a change of heart from the studio suits, perhaps?

I will be checking with 20th Century Fox when they wake up so expect an update, if they’ll provide one.

And maybe – maybe – expect to see a preview for the film in 48fps roll out with The Hobbit this December.


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