X-Men: Days Of Future Past 48 Frames-Per-Second Rumor Denied By Fox
Peter Jackson tried to start an evolution in filmmaking when he made the decision to film the Hobbit trilogy in 48 frames per second, twice the standard 24fps, but for now it appears that he will still have to wait a while before another blockbuster filmmaker follows in his footsteps. Earlier today rumors surfaced saying that director Bryan Singer had chosen to shoot and theatrically release the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past at 48fps, but now, according to Variety, 20th Century Fox has denied the rumor.
The initial story, which came courteous of an anonymous source who claimed to be close to the production, said that the studio has been hiding the fact that the new X-Men movie filmed in 48fps because of the negative backlash that Jackson's first Hobbit movie received, but that they "will be standing behind a theatrical release in high frame rate." Apparently there is no truth at all to this story as Fox told the trade that they aren't "sure where the rumor came from [and insist] the story is false."
While some studios have been known to make false denials in cases like these just to protect a project's secrecy, it's hard to see the logic in that kind of move here. Considering that the rumor puts Days of Future Past in a positive light, if this story were true you'd think that Fox would take the opportunity to embrace the report and maybe even incorporate it into the marketing leading to the movie's release in May. What's the point in denying it now and then revealing it again a couple months from now?
Personally, I'm very happy to hear that X-Men: Days of Future Past is filming in good ol' 24fps. One of the main reasons why the higher frame rate didn't work for The Hobbit is because it made everything in a fantasy world look too bright and vivid, which in turn deteriorated the fantasy element. I can't see how it would have any other kind of affect on Days of Future Past. I'm all for dramas and more reality-based comedies giving the new format a whirl, it's hard to see how it will work with genre filmmaking.
For those of you that do want to see more of higher frame rates in blockbuster movies, however, your next non-Hobbit related movie to look forward to will likely be Avatar 2, which director James Cameron has promised for 2016. The filmmaker has talked about making the sci-fi sequel at 60fps, but we'll just have to wait and see if that actually ends up becoming a reality. In the meantime, you'll be able to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in HFR when it arrives in theaters this December.
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