With the news that X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST has now become the highest grossing film of 2014 thus far at the worldwide box office, anticipation is high for the follow-up X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. As the title (and DOFP post-credits sequence) suggests, the film involves the comics supervillain Apocalypse, and we know that the story will follow the FIRST CLASS cast plus Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine into the 1980s. Singer is expected to return to direct, and he’s been working on the script with DAYS OF FUTURE PAST screenwriter Simon Kinberg and X2 scribes Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris.
It now appears that at least the treatment for the script is finished, as today Singer shared an image of the first page, which actually clues us into what we can expect from the proposed APOCALYPSE prologue. Hit the jump to take a look.
Dated June 6th, this Instagram image shows the cover page for Singer, Kinberg, Dougherty, and Harris’ X-MEN: APOCALYPSE treatment. Though Kinberg previous told us that we likely wouldn’t be returning to the ancient Egypt setting glimpsed at the tag of DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, this prologue for APOCALYPSE includes references to The Nile, a sprawling battle, and The Four Horsemen. The Horsemen were glimpsed briefly at the end of DOFP when we saw the mutant Apocalypse building the pyramids, and they play a major role in the comics as the mutant’s personal guard.
Obviously filmmaking is a very fluid process so there’s no guarantee this prologue will remain a part of the finished film when X-MEN: APOCALPYSE hits theaters on May 27, 2016, but it’s fun to get a sneak peek at the work-in-progress script. One imagines we’ll start to hear more firm word on APOCALYPSE in the coming months, as pre-production will likely get underway late this year in anticipation of what will probably be an early 2015 production start-date.