Details are Already Surfacing About The Next X-Men Sequel
In light of the massive box office success of "X-Men: Days of Future Past," a sequel is, of course, already in the works. "Days of Future Past" earned $111 million in the United States and $302 million globally. The next sequel, "X-Men: Apocalypse," is set to be released on May 27, 2016.
Details are slowly trickling out regarding writing, directing, and casting. "Days of Future Past" writer Simon Kinberg is expected to return for "X-Men: Apocalypse," and he also confirmed that as of now, director Bryan Singer is expected to return, in spite of the recent sexual assault allegations leveled against him. Kinberg had no comment on the accusations, and gave conflicting answers when asked whether the original "X-Men" cast would be returning for another sequel.
Spoilers for "Days of Future Past" follow!
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He told Hollywood Reporter: "We approached [Days of Future Past] as a final goodbye for the original actors. But to be totally candid, that's the way I approached X-Men: The Last Stand. If you talked to me in 2006 and said, 'Do you think we'll ever see Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier again? Do you think we'll see Ian and Halle and Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore back on screen together?' I most likely would have said no, and certainly in the case of Patrick Stewart I would have said no way. There's some part of our brains that hopes we will see them again, but we wanted to tell a story that felt like it was a conclusion to their stories."
From these statements, it seemed that he is tentatively planning for the next film to focus solely on the next generation cast. But then his interview with The Daily Beast appeared to prove otherwise: "[Apocalypse] will focus primarily on the First Class cast, but it will certainly have some of the original cast involved, too."
He's clearly ambivalent about the original cast's future role in the franchise, but it's safe to say that there's a good chance that they will return. From a storytelling standpoint, it's somewhat difficult to imagine how the original cast would be incorporated into the next movie, as the franchise now takes place in the 80's, when the original cast members would have been children (or zygotes, in the case of Ellen Page's character Kitty Pryde), but there are few logistical problems that science fiction can't solve.