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John Ottman talks X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

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John Ottman talks X-Men: Days of Future Past

After the success of X-Men: First Class (2011), 20th Century Fox launched production on X-Men: Days of Future Past, a film that served as a sequel not only to First Class, but also to The Last Stand (2006).

Beginning in the future, Days of Future Past shows a world in chaos. Near invincible Sentinel machines are exterminating mutants and any humans helping them. A group of mutants hiding in China include Professor Xavier, Magneto, Wolverine, Storm and Kitty Pryde. With it being only a matter of time before this last hideout is overrun by Sentinels, a plan is made to send Wolverine’s consciousness back in time fifty years to prevent Mystique from assassinating Dr. Bolivar Trask and thereby stop the eventual development of the Sentinels, saving the future in the process.

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This film combined the original X-Men cast with the younger cast introduced in First Class (Wolverine, being essentially immortal, serves as a kind of go-between).

For the music, the score was composed by John Ottman, a longtime collaborator with director Bryan Singer. Ottman became the first composer to work on more than one X-Men film (having scored X2 in 2003) and retained the main theme of X2 for Days of Future Past. As the composer states in the interview, Singer asked that Ottman create something that sounded “more modern” (in the vein of other current superhero films) and move away from the more traditional sounds created by Henry Jackman in the score for First Class.

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I haven’t seen much of the new X-Men films (though I have seen the original trilogy), but the more I see and hear of the music, the more interested I become. Fans of the new trilogy should enjoy this look at how the music of Days of Future Past was created. Enjoy!

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John Ottman talks X2 (2003)

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John Ottman talks X2 (2003)

After the success of X-Men (2000), 20th Century Fox immediately gave the green-light to a sequel. X-2 (also known as X2: X-Men United) was released in 2003 and focused on the growing war between Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and his X-Men, their enemies, led by Magneto (Ian McKellen), and their mutual enemy William Stryker (Brian Cox), who is seeking to destroy all mutants on Earth.

The score for this film was composed by John Ottman, a composer who frequently collaborates with director Bryan Singer (not always successfully, one such collaboration was Superman Returns (2006)). Of the X-Men films that I have seen, X2 is generally my favorite. I admit that Ottman’s work isn’t among my favorites, but he did an admirable job here.

I wanted to share this short documentary on the making of the score for X2 because it is uncommon to find such a long video for film music of any kind. If you liked the original X-Men films, you’ll probably find this short documentary (10-11 minutes) very interesting indeed. Enjoy!

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See also:

Film Composer Interviews A-H

Film Composer Interviews K-Z

See also:

John Ottman talks X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

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