X-Men producer, Lauren Shuler Donner has confirmed via Twitter that an extended edition of smash hit Days Of Future Past will be released on Blu Ray later this year. No details on which new scenes will be reedited into the movie have been mentioned, so we’ll have to wait a little while longer before we get the lowdown on special features and running time.
The main extension we’re all hoping for is the deleted subplot that brought Anna Paquin’s Rouge back to the fold. The ten minute sequence involved Professor X and Magneto making a desperate attempt to rescue Rogue when her unique powers are needed.
Bryan Singer announced earlier this year that these sequences were not going to be included in the theatrically released version.
“Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous. It’s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go.”
Extracts of Rogue’s scenes were glimpsed in the first trailer with Paquin’s name flashing up at the end along with the other returnees, the decision was questioned by fans but true to his word Singer is giving us the chance to see the full uncut version. Last year’s The Wolverine was given an extended edition on Blu Ray and was all the better for it, you’d be surprised what a bit of added violence and swearing can make to a superhero movie.
So far, Days Of Future Past has accumulated over $725 million worldwide eclipsing the previous franchises high of Bret Ratner’s The Last Stand by more than $260 million. The next sequel has already been announced as X-Men: Apocalypse with a release date set for May 27, 2016.