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Producer Bryan Singer has revealed to IGN that ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ is officially the title for the ‘X-Men: First Class’ sequel. Confirming the title, Singer revealed,  “It deals with aspects of that comic, but also some very new things.” Set to start production in January for a July 18th, 2014 release date, Matthew Vaughn is back in the director’s chair for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ with Simon Kinberg writing the script alongside Vaughn and his longtime collaborator, Jane Goldman. While there’s been no confirmation, I’d assume the principal cast will be reprising their roles from ‘X-Men: First Class’ in James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Lucas Till, Caleb Landry Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Jason Flemyng and Jennifer Lawrence.

The synopsis of the ‘Days of Future Past’ comic book story arc is as follows, “The storyline alternates between present day, in which the X-Men fight Mystique’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline caused by the X-Men’s failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In this future universe, Sentinels rule the United States, and mutants live in internment camps. The present-day X-Men are forewarned of the possible future by a future version of their teammate Kitty Pryde, whose mind traveled back in time and possessed her younger self to warn the X-Men. She succeeds in her mission and returns to the future, but despite her success, the future timeline still exists as an alternative timeline rather than as the actual future.”

Exploring this particular arc, it certainly seems that they can interconnect these prequel films to the original X-Men trilogy, something Bryan Singer touches on speaking to IGN, “I think there’s a strong desire to broaden out the universe. I mean, the X-Men universe is every bit on its own as big as the Marvel universe. I think it’s time to reach out and explore it and perhaps even bring some connectivity between the films as Marvel has done so well. You may seem some of that.” I’ve got a feeling they will be drawing from certain elements of that arc instead of doing a direct adaptation, especially considering that Matthew Vaughn has suggested that he might want to kick off the sequel with the Kennedy assassination, “I’ve got some ideas for the opening for the next film. I thought it would be fun to open with the Kennedy Assassination, and we reveal that the magic bullet was controlled by Magneto. That would explain the physics of it, and we see that he’s pissed off because Kennedy took all the credit for saving the world and mutants weren’t even mentioned. And we could go from there, and I’ve got some fun ideas about what other mutants to bring in.” Expect more details regarding ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ soon. Bryan Singer’s interview with IGN can be viewed below.