All of us here at Following the Nerd loved X-Men: Days of Future Past and we weren’t the only ones as it was a huge success both critically and financially. However, a certain “fundamental” character – Rogue, played by Anna Paquin – failed to make the theatrical cut during the editing process, well except for a few seconds near the end.
This omission struck a nerve with a lot of the fans, so it was only a matter of time before there was news of an extended cut of the movie. Subsequently, we have now learned from Variety, that there will be an indefinite extended cut of X-Men: Days of Future Past, with all of Anna Paquin’s deleted Rogue scenes being reinstated. The new version of the film will be titled the Days of Future Past: Rogue Cut and will be hitting disc and digital format early next summer.
Variety also reported that the Rogue Cut will feature “more than 10 minutes of extra footage,” including the uncut Rogue scenes as well as “sequences involving other characters, as well.”
It should be noted that there is not an official release date announced as of yet, but fans have been provided with a tentative early summer 2015 release bracket. Simon Kinberg at Fox provided the information recently. The theatrical cut of Days of Future Past is available now on digital formats and will hit DVD and Blu-ray on October 14 in the US.
Here is what Kinberg had to say during a recent Fox event: “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.”
Paquin’s scenes were cut because the film was already plot-heavy and Kinberg says her stuff “didn’t fit” with the theatrical release of the film as it stood due to its heavy focus on Xavier.
Director Bryan Singer also pitched in: “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.”
An extended cut of The Wolverine released last year was a major improvement on the theatrical cut. Days of Future Past didn’t suffer the same problems as The Wolverine, but it will be nice to get the chance to see it in its full and intended glory.