X-Men Days Of Future Past Not Made For 'James Cameron Money'

Ben Bussey
24 April 2014
X-Men Days Of Future Past Not Made For 'James Cameron Money'
X-Men Days Of Future Past Not Made For 'James Cameron Money'

'X-Men: Days of Future Past' writer Simon Kinberg insists the upcoming superhero epic was not made for 'James Cameron money,' but more or less admits it's the priciest film yet in 20th Century Fox's Marvel comic book series.

Rumours have abounded for some time, from both within and without the 'X-Men' movies team, that this summer's eagerly anticipated crossover of the original line-up with the 'First Class' prequel cast could be the most expensive film Fox have ever made, outside of their notoriously mega-budget work with Cameron.

However, Kinberg tells Collider that this may be blowing things out of proportion just a bit.

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"The budget was not bigger than 'Titanic's budget was, I can suspect that's true… We do not have James Cameron money. They gave us a healthy budget to make the movie with, and it was all we needed.

"It's a big movie. It's definitely the biggest in scope and scale of any of the 'X-Men' movies. You know, 'X3' had a really big budget, too."

However, Kinberg cannily stresses that 'Days of Future Past' will be "a much better movie" than the widely (and justly) derided third installment.

All creative problems aside, 2006's 'X-Men 3: the Last Stand' was indeed a costly venture, with a reported budget of $210 million; considerably more than the $110 million-budgeted 'X2' (2003) and the comparatively meager $75 million of the 2000's 'X-Men' (oh, to live in a world where $75 million isn't that much…)

Nor were 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine,' 'X-Men: First Class' or 'The Wolverine' particularly low budget affairs, all costing between $120-160 million to make.

Still, as the 'X-Men' franchise has grossed over $2.3 billion worldwide at the box office alone, it's fair to say the investment has paid off pretty well thus far.

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Kinberg also offered up a little commentary on the opening minute of the film, which has been previewed online:

"Well, that opening scene is introducing, really, this sort of refugee group of mutants that Kitty's the leader of in the future. And so, in the movie, it's before we even meet our X-Men, it's before we meet Patrick, Ian, Hugh, and Halle.

"We sort of cold open in many ways on Kitty, Warpath, Blink, Colossus, Sunspot, Bishop, and we sort of wanted to show what a pack of these refugees living day to day knowing the Sentinels are out there, what their life would be like, and what an attack would look like, and also setting up Kitty's power, of being able to send consciousness back in time to warn people so that they can move away before the attack comes.

"That's the sort of critical engine of the movie, her sending a consciousness back to 1973 to warn that something bad is gonna happen that they've got to stop from happening."

Thankfully he leaves it at that - we don't want any spoilers now, do we…?

'X-Men: Days of Future Past' hits UK cinemas on 22 May 2014.

Looking forward to 'X-Men: Days of Future Past?' Let us know in the comments section below.

Ben Bussey is a freelance writer and comic book movie/sci-fi fantasy/horror enthusiast, who loved all the 'X-Men' movies (aside from 'X3' and the first 'Wolverine') and eagerly anticipates 'Days of Future Past.'

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