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Chris Claremont Asked to Consult on ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’


Director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is based on one of the most famous stories from Chris Claremont’s legendary X-Men run, and the writer told MTV Geek he’s been asked to provide some degree of consultation on the 2014 film.

“I’ve been asked to kind of, maybe be around for a little consultation,” Claremont told the website. “I won’t have a lot of input at all, but it’s nice that they asked.”

Claremont — who in the same article said he “loved” this summer’s The Wolverine, despite expressing disappointment with the third act last month in a Vulture interview — said that, no matter his level of involvement, he’s excited to see the film.

“I’m looking forward to seeing it on screen,” Claremont said. “It was fun to write, and fun to see what John Byrne and Terry Austin did, and now we get to see what it’s like on the big screen. So it will be fun.”

The writer is also more than open to another on-screen cameo (he was seen mowing a lawn in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand), saying to MTV Geek, “I wish they would ask. I would love it. It would be cool.”

Opening May 23, 2014, X-Men: Days of Future Class stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, Peter Dinklage, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Daniel Cudmore, Lucas Till, Omar Sy, Booboo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Adan Canto and Josh Helman.


  • Kabuce

    Stay classy, Fox… hopefully this means better adaptations and creators getting some credit in more films.

  • j

    John Byrne should be there first

  • ziza9

    If the day calls for bitter and crazy on the set, sure.

  • Dave

    Stay classy? They didn’t even credit Claremont for The Wolverine. Which is probably a good thing because it was so frickin terrible.

  • Dave

    yeah, Byrne is an ego case and known throughout the comic world for being a big dick.

  • beane2099

    I laughed at that comment. It tickled my funny bone. I just wanted you to know that.

  • West

    ’bout time.

  • Greg Phillips

    Hell of an artist, though.

  • DarthTigris

    The definition of fan service PR this right here is.

  • bomaya

    John Byrne wrote the plot not Claremont!

  • johnbyrnesays

    John Byrne, December 30, 2009.
    “The X-Men used to be a metaphor for all forms of prejudice. Singer narrowed that metaphor to suit his own agenda. Please stop wasting our time and bandwidth jumping thru intellectual hoops to pretend he didn’t.”

    I don’t see John Byrne ever being asked by Bryan Singer to consult, nor would I think John would agree if he was.

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  • CutterMike

    Were I the suspicious and cynical sort (which, of course, I’m not…) I’d suspect that Claremont being asked to “consult” meant that Singer has just realized that something isn’t working — BADLY — and is looking to cover his butt by spreading the blame among as many “producers”/”consultants” as possible.

  • Claremont Hater

    Claremont is singlehandedly the most washed up writer in all of comics. He hasn’t written anything good since the 80s, and much like Jeff Loeb (at Marvel) he destroys everything he touches. Claremont destroyed Marvels Exiles most recently (about 5 years ago) because his needs to include shadow cat, sage, psylocke, and most annoyingly super heroes playing baseball into his comics.

  • Meganubis

    Much Like X-Men Forever, I assume by the end of he Movie, It will look like the Exiles <_<

  • sowat

    I can’t wait to see this movie. But not because I think it will be any good. Not that I hope it isn’t, either. As much as I love the characters, I could care less how well this movie is. It will be what it will be. It’s just a lot going on all in and around it…I’m just interested to see how it’s going to turn out.

  • Doug

    You know what the funny part about this is…. Byrne was the one who came up with the plot for it, Claremont just scripted it.

  • johnbyrnesays

    It is a good thing John was watching Doctor Who years earlier as well.

    John Byrne, May 17, 2012
    “”Days of Future Past” bears an uncomfortably strong resemblance to “The Day of the Daleks”.

    When I was living in London, Ontario, I discovered DOCTOR WHO on a university access channel. As it happened, that was the serial they were showing, the first of DOCTOR WHO I had seen since the Hartnell days, about a decade earlier.

    A few years later, when I was assigned to X-MEN, I kept pushing Chris Claremont to do a Sentinels story. “The Sentinels are LAME,” he would declare. “No,” I would respond, “you just WRITE them LAME!” So I came up with my own Sentinels story. The plot seemed to just drop out of the sky, manna from heaven. And that eventually became “Days of Future Past”.

    A few years after that, I moved to Chicago, and the local PBS channel was showing DOCTOR WHO. And there, again, was “The Day of the Daleks”. But as I watched for the second time in a decade, I felt a sinking feeling, as beats from my story showed up one after another.

    From this I learn an important lesson: if a story “drops from the sky”, think really, really, REALLY hard about where it might have come from!”

  • Nicholas Gaves

    Thank you for that insight.
    I believe that should be etched into stone or something

  • Edstone1