'Rogue Cut' of X-Men: Days of Future Past Features 11 Minutes of Anna Paquin, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellen
Remember when Rogue was going to be in X-Men: Days of Future Past and then was unceremoniously dumped on the cutting room floor? Empire now reports that the running time for the director's cut is 11 minutes longer than the theatrical cut, and the lion's share of that 11 minutes will consist of the subplot that involved Rogue, Magneto, and Professor X.
"It's a big chunk, a substantial part of the movie," writer Simon Kinberg said of the cut subplot in an announcement last September. "We want to give fans the fullest picture of the film – behind the camera, and in front of it. Every movie has scenes that are cut out, but not every movie has scenes cut out with such a beloved character."
For all that he calls her "beloved," she's probably "well-liked" at best, so it's not all that surprising that a Rogue-heavy subplot was deemed expendable. That being said, hardcore X-Men fans would at the very least love to see Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen interact as much as possible, so the Rogue cut will be well worth watching.
Kinberg seemed to understand this, judging from his summary of the deleted subplot at WonderCon last year: "The biggest chunk we took out of the film from first cut to final cut was the Rogue plot," he told Collider. "And that was the sub-plot that has now been well-publicized, but that I created, not actually to bring Rogue into the movie, though that was a wonderful consequence, but more that I wanted to have, and this was in the early script phase, I wanted a mission for old Charles and old Erik, for Magneto and Xavier to go off on a mission together."
And when asked why the subplot didn't make the final cut, Kinberg explained, "Just to see what that would look like. I mean, truly, seriously, it was like, 'What would it be like to have Patrick and Ian on a road trip together?' And that was kind of, you know, it got condensed as I wrote it and then when we shot it, but it was just a sub-plot. It was a perfectly good sub-plot and people will see it one day, and Anna was great in it and it was well-directed; it just didn't serve the overall story. And it didn't, it never did, it was created outside the core story. As a result, when you watched the movie, you were like, 'Why are we on this detour, on a movie that already has two time periods, two types of Sentinels, 10-12 main characters, just as a lark?' And so it ended up getting cut."
There's no official word on a release date for the extended cut, but the sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse, starts filming at the end of this month and comes out in theaters on May 19, 2016.