Producer Bryan Singer has confirmed that the X-Men: First Class sequel will be called X-Men: Days of Future Past. We've already reported this as being the title a couple times already, but it's the first time someone involved with the film has confirmed it. Here's what he told IGN in a recent interview,
I can say it’s being written right now and it will start shooting in a few months. It’s going to be very ambitious. It’s called Days of Future Past and it deals with aspects of that comic but also some very new things. I just don’t want to give any of it away. Matthew Vaughn will be directing and I’m totally excited about it.
You know what's even more exciting? Well, I'll let Singer tell you...
I think there’s a strong desire to broaden out the universe. The X-Men universe on its own is every bit as big as the Marvel universe and I think it’s time to reach out and explore it and perhaps even bring some connectivity between the films, as Marvel’s done so well. You may see some of that, I don’t know. [Laughs]
Hell yeah! It's about time they tried this! Why the hell not bring the world of the two X-Men franchises together!? Days of Future Past is the perfect storyline to try it out with as well. When I heard they might be working with this story, I hoped they would try to connect the films together. For those of you who need a refresher course...
The storyline alternates between present day, in which the X-Men fight Mystique's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline caused by the X-Men's failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In this future universe, Sentinels rule the United States, and mutants live in internment camps. The present-day X-Men are forewarned of the possible future by a future version of their teammate Kitty Pryde, whose mind traveled back in time and possessed her younger self to warn the X-Men. She succeeds in her mission and returns to the future, but despite her success, the future timeline still exists as an alternative timeline rather than as the actual future.
The movie is currently being written by Simon Kinberg (X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: First Class) with Vaughn and his longtime collaborator, Jane Goldman. The movie is scheduled to be released on July 18th, 2014.
I'm really excited to see how they end up bringing this story to the big screen, and seeing how the two X-Men movie worlds collide with each other. Are you excited about what they are planning for this sequel?