Illustration for article titled A New emX-Men: Days of Future Past/em Cut Will Give Us Rogue Back

Okay, so maybe their bizarre viral marketing campaign didn't make you want to buy the DVD or Blu-Ray, but this is much better marketing: There will be over ten minutes of footage added back into the film, including all of Anna Paquin's scenes as Rogue.


According to Variety, the aptly-named "Rogue Cut" of Days of Future Past will be available as a re-release in 2o15, most likely during the summer. Which, in my mind, hurts the October 14th DVD/Blu-Ray release some more, because I'm just going to wait now. We're getting Anna Paquin's Rogue sequence back and other scenes with other characters.


The announcement was made by Simon Kinberg, who said:

"It's a big chunk, a substantial part of the movie," Kinberg said of Paquin's storyline as Rogue. "We want to give (fans) the fullest picture of the film — behind the camera, and in front of it," with the "Rogue Cut" and provide "more of the process we went through" to make the film.

"Every movie has scenes that are cut out, but not every movie has scenes cut out with such a beloved character."

Months ago, Kinberg told Empire what the cut sequence looked like:

The Rogue subplot was originally there because I wanted a mission for the older Charles and Eric to do, something like Unforgiven – two last gunslingers, Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman – that kind of a mission for them. I just loved the idea of that. Nothing in the story necessitated that, but just for a lark, I thought it would be a cool thing to see, because we may never see it again

... Then I thought that if [Kitty's time-traveling] power was winding down, they needed something stronger or someone who could take over her power. This came from a conversation with Matthew [Vaughn], which was about no-one having the same power as her but then realising there was someone who could take her power. I got chills. Rogue could be the McGuffin of that mission. They'd have to get Rogue out of some dark scary place, and that's what happens. It's a really nice sequence, and it'll end up on Blu-ray some way down the line.

But it does not service the main story. I thought it would increase the urgency and the stakes of the plot in the future, but it actually does the opposite, because it makes you feel like there is an answer out there. You think once Rogue gets here, we'll have an unlimited amount of time. The ticking clock that we'd established with Kitty getting wounded and losing her powers… well, Rogue would show up and press stop on the clock. So for all of those narrative reasons, there was this ten-minute subplot that had to go.


That sounds pretty awesome, even if it doesn't explain how Rogue got her powers back after X-3. Granted, the a lot Days of Future Past is an exercise in denying that film's existence. It's nice that we're not just getting this as a cut scene but getting to see how the movie looks with it restored. So I guess I'm waiting for next summer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past (The Rogue Cut)."

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