While talking to Total Film about the X-Men franchise, director Bryan Singer opened up a little bit more about the next installment of the series, X-Men: Apocalypse. He offers up some new details about when the story will take place, and also reveals that it will have more mass destruction than any of the other X-Men movies.
"We're going to deal the the [sic] notion of ancient mutants - the fact they were born and existed thousands of years ago. But it'll be a contemporary movie - well, it'll take place in the '80s... The '80s is a period now - it's hard for me to believe that! Apocalypse will have more of the mass destruction that X-Men films, to date, have not relied upon. There’s definitely now a character and a story that allow room for that kind of spectacle."
Singer goes on to talk about were they are in the developmental stage of the film:
"We’re currently breaking the story. We’re almost ready to go. Dan Harris, Michael Dougherty and Simon Kinberg are in the office across the street from me, working on story stuff right now. It’s great to have Dan and Michael back."
When asked about about what characters will be included in the film he said:
"I don’t want to get too specific, but we’ll introduce familiar characters in a younger time. That’ll be fun to show the audience. I call these movies in-between-quels. It’s a mind-[frick] sometimes in terms of where things fall in the timeline!"
That sounds like it could be fun. I'm sure at least Cyclops will be back along with a few other familiar faces like Jean. Apocalypse won't be the last of of the X-Men films Singer is going to be involved with, though. When asked if there were more stories he'd like to tell in this universe he replied:
"Yeah, there actually are. It all stems back to when I did [the first] X-Men. You always want to know where a character’s going to go, what their future’s going be like. You can always sequelise. But on that film I also had actors asking ‘Who am I? Where did my character come from?’ So as a director you always need a backstory to give your actors. It may not be the right backstory, but it’s one you can give the actor to help them understand their character. These prequels are really exciting for me because they give me a chance to explore ideas I came up with more than a decade ago."
So it seems like there's lots of great X-Men awesomeness to look forward to! X-Men: Apocalypse will hit theaters on May 26th, 2016.