As Simon Kinberg has been at work scripting a sequel to X-Men: First Class for producer Bryan Singer and returning director Matthew Vaughn, speculation has run rampant that the film would feature the ‘Days of Future Past’ storyline, which originally appeared in the pages of Uncanny X-Men in 1981. Domain name registrations and other hints have pointed towards the inclusion of the plotline that features an alternate future and loads of dead fan-favorite characters.

Now Singer confirms that the film bears that title, and suggests that we might even see some characters from the first X-Men film series show up. Read More »

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Want to read a deleted scene from The Dark Knight Rises? When is the film coming out on Blu-ray? How do The Avengers look next to the Guardians of the Galaxy? Is X-Men First Class 2 actually going to be Days Of Future Past? Which comic books recently sold for six figures? Would The Amazing Spider-Man actually be able to swing on webs like that? Have people written rebuttals to our Dark Knight Rises problems article? What does Joe Quesada have to say about Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy? Does Joseph Gordon-Levitt think he’ll ever reprise his role from The Dark Knight Rises? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

You want sequels? Hollywood has them, of course. Or plans for them, at least. After the break, we’ll address the following:

  • Will the character Mother Russia find her way into Kick-Ass 2?
  • Is a xXx sequel actually happening? (Probably not.)
  • In lieu of that, how about a (very, very) vague Fast Six teaser image?
  • X-Men: First Class screenwriter Simon Kinberg talks about the new film
  • and there’s a bit of new concept art for Iron Man 3.

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Today’s edition of Sequel Bits is particularly chatty, as everyone has a little something to say about their next big project. After the jump:

  • Adam McKay teases a minor Anchorman 2 detail
  • Steve Carell talks about reprising his role as Brick
  • Fast & Furious 6 gets an early bit of marketing
  • Tom Cruise is still excited to fly jets in Top Gun 2
  • Lucas Till lobbies for Polaris in X-Men: First Class 2
  • Simon Pegg promises more of the Enterprise in Star Trek 2
  • Damon Lindelof discusses the film’s “nuanced” villain
  • Chris Pine thinks Trek 2 is really about the characters

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Those who read X-Men comics in the ’80s, or those who have caught up with some of the classic storylines from The Uncanny X-Men, will recognize the name Days of Future Past. The two-issue story ran in 1981 and featured a future in which a political assassination has led to concentration camps holding mutants, and the deaths of many X-Men characters.

AICN was tipped off that Fox has registered Days of Future Past as a title with the MPAA. That quickly led to speculation that the studio is mining the storyline for an upcoming X-Men film. Whether that film could be the upcoming First Class sequel or a fourth X-Men title, if anything at all, is open to question. Read More »

A bevy of major release date announcments and shifts were just revealed. Here goes.

  • The Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel is now called Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and has been dated May 23, 2014.
  • A 3D re-release of Independence Day will hit July 3, 2013.
  • The untitled sequel to X-Men First Class will hit on July 18, 2014 with Matthew Vaughn directing.
  • Steven Spielberg‘s Robopocalypse has been pushed from 2013 to April 25, 2014
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, directed by and starring Ben Stiller, has been dated for Christmas 2013 along with Walking With Dinosaurs.
  • Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters hits August 16, 2013
  • Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy‘s untitled Paul Feig-directed comedy lands April 5, 2013.

Lots to digest here. We’ve got it after the jump. Read More »

In this superhero-heavy edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Tom Hiddleston talks about the relationship between Thor and Loki
  • Iron Man 3 will be an “antidote” to The Avengers, says Kevin Feige
  • The X-Men: First Class sequel is aiming for a late 2013 or mid-2014 release, and Jane Goldman is part of the writing team
  • Fox CEO offers details on the father-son bond in A Good Day to Die Hard

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The last real news we had on the film that will follow X-Men: First Class was that director Matthew Vaughn, who co-authored the rewrite of First Class (with Jane Goldman) and then made the film on a rather tight schedule, had signed to direct the sequel.

Now it looks like that next X-Men film will shoot in January 2013. The reason is one that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who has looked at the top-grossing movie for the last couple weeks. Jennifer Lawrence played Mystique in First Class, but is also now the lead of the blockbuster film The Hunger Games, with a sequel close on the horizon. That means that X-Men studio Fox and Hunger Games studio Lionsgate both have films they want to get into production, and both involve Lawrence. (And you can bet that Fox wants to emphasize Lawrence in any way possible now, after the runaway success of The Hunger Games.)

The solution will likely be this: Lawrence will shoot Catching Fire, the Hunger Games sequel, later this year, and then shoot the next X-Men film in January. Read More »

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