‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ “Rogue Cut” Detailed

By April 5, 2015
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Many fans and critics seemed to be surprised at just how good last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past was. It was not only well written and well performed, bringing the two formerly disparate casts of the X-Men film series together, but it borrowed from comic book mythology and plot-shaping by actually changing and streamlining a film continuity that, after seven films, had grown far too cumbersome and restrictive. Now that the continuity is no longer an issue, future films in the series can move forward without necessarily having to pay too much attention to the events of previous films, which is undoubtedly a good thing.

Back in January, it was initially reported that the film would be getting an alternate cut, referred to as the “Rogue Cut,” sometime in 2015. We’re getting closer to its summer window for release, and two of the film’s chief architects have started to talk about what exactly this new version of the film will bring to the existing structure that we already know about. The first bit of info came a few days ago, when the film’s director Bryan Singer took to Twitter to explain the difference in the running time for the new version of the film. He said,

This version of the film is referred to as the “Rogue Cut” because it’s expected to restore previously deleted scenes featuring Anna Paquin’s Rogue, the supporting character of focus from Bryan Singer’s original X-Men film in 2000. The new cut of the film, according to previous statements by Singer and writer Simon Kinberg, is that the new film isn’t supposed to be a replacement for the theatrical version. Instead, they’re supposed to be complementary to each other somehow. So, if you already purchased the theatrical cut when it initially came out, the filmmakers want you to hold onto it. If you were waiting to buy the “definitive” version of the film when it came out, then it looks like — from their perspective, anyway — there isn’t one. They want you to buy them both.

Kinberg’s previous comments (via JoBlo) give this idea some greater context. He said of Rogue’s story in the film,

It’s a big chunk, a substantial part of the movie. 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. The Rogue subplot was originally there because I wanted a mission for the older Charles and Eric to do, something like Unforgiven – two last gunslingers, Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman – that kind of a mission for them. I just loved the idea of that. Nothing in the story necessitated that, but just for a lark, I thought it would be a cool thing to see, because we may never see it again.

No release information has been made available yet on exactly when the Rogue cut will be available. With summer fast approaching, though, then they’ll need to make an announcement soon if that window is still what they’re shooting for. Meanwhile, X-Men: Apocalypse is gearing up to begin production soon for a May 2016 release. For more on the X-Men as it happens, keep an eye on GeekNation.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.