X-Men Days of Future Past

Peter Jackson may believe that 48 FPS is the future of cinema, but judging by the severely mixed reactions to last year’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, audiences aren’t quite sold yet. Still, the new format has its share of champions, and now a new report indicates that Bryan Singer could take a stab at HFR cinema with X-Men: Days of Future Past.

If true, that contradicts an earlier confirmation by Singer that X-Men: Days of Future Past would be shot and released in the traditional 24 FPS. So which is it? More after the jump.

Update: Fox has said that the report of Days of Future Past being presented in 48FPS is “completely false.”

Over the weekend, Ain’t It Cool News received word from an anonymous source that Singer had filmed X-Men: Days of Future Past in 48 FPS. Says their tipster:

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.

AICN says that’s actually the second source to claim that Singer will release the movie in a higher frame rate; a “pretty legit” one said the same thing some time ago but they didn’t want to publish the rumor until they had more evidence.

However, Bleeding Cool writes that they spoke with Singer shortly before production began on X-Men: Days of Future Past, and that he’d personally, directly confirmed to them that he would shoot in 3D at 24 FPS. In their opinion, Singer didn’t seem at all dishonest or uncertain when he was talking.

Of course, it’s possible that Singer wasn’t lying when he said that back then. Since Bleeding Cool chatted with him before shooting started, it may just be that he or the studio had a last-minute change of heart.

Adding credence to the HFR talk is the fact that Singer is a known fan of the format. Last year, he tweeted that he was “having some serious frame rate envy” after seeing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 48 FPS, describing the overall film as “amazing and involving.”

So I’m inclined to believe that AICN‘s scoop is true. Fox has yet to make an official statement either way, but it’d make sense if they wanted to keep the HFR release under wraps to minimize any negative advance buzz from folks who hated The Hobbit in 48 FPS.

For now, we can only be certain that X-Men: Days of Future Past will be in 3D when it opens May 23, 2014.

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