RICHMOND, ENGLAND – Earlier this week, I was sitting in the drafty, damp, historically epic recesses of the Hampton Court Palace chatting with “Jack the Giant Slayer” director Bryan Singer and star Nicholas Holt.
Most of our conversations revolved, of course, around their upcoming 3D reimagining of the classic fairy tale, which opens on March 1 at theaters everywhere. But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t sneak in a question or two about Singer and Hoult’s upcoming work on “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which will begin production in April and will hit theaters in 2014.
“This movie’s gonna be not only quite epic, ‘Days of Future Past,’ but it also takes place in completely different times than the ‘X Men’ movies have taken place,” Singer told me. “There’ll be new technology, new things we haven’t seen before in ‘X-Men’ films. Certain characters and certain story and certain drama that hasn’t be done yet, so it’s not so much sequel. It’s more of its own kinda thing.”
I like, however, Singer’s reaction to my follow-up using the word “reset.”
“I’ll be able to correct a few things,” he hints, with a smile.
As for Hoult, making his second appearance as Hank McCoy and Beast, he wouldn’t give away details, but he admitted to excitement about getting to work with original “X Men” castmembers like Hugh Jackman and Ian McKellen.
“As much as it felt like a real ‘X Men’ film last time, because we were all a new cast it almost felt like it didn’t, whereas doing one with those guys is going to feel very much like…” he said, before adding that he’s going to be like a big fanboy.
Check out the video above.
And stay tuned for more of my interviews from Hampton Court as we get closer to the “Jack the Giant Slayer” release date.