There are dueling assertions regarding what’s going on with HFR and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
If you’ve been following, you know that director Bryan Singer really liked the 48 fps 3D experience of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – but that he never confirmed anything.
• assertion #1, from Variety via Devin Faraci of badassdigest.com, is that Fox is straight-out denying that the movie was shot in 48 fps.
Devin speculates that perhaps they shot the movie in such a way that a 48 fps version would be somehow captured alongside a true (not extracted) 24 fps version and the studio would make the decision later, but he casts doubt on the feasibility of this due to the cost of doubling the VFX for the 48 fps version.
• assertion #2, from Eric Vespe of aintitcool.com, is that the movie will indeed be released in the 48 fps 3D format but that the studio is waiting to make the announcement because of perceived negative reaction to The Hobbit’s high frame rate. Eric claims to have heard this from two credible sources.
• meanwhile, Drew McWeeny of hitfix.com wrote a story about Fox’s denial of the rumor, which included this tidbit:
Even the studio seemed a little surprised and confused by the story overall when contacted about it, hardly the slick denial that they normally have ready when they’re not yet prepared to announce something.
Drew later updated his story with the following:
I am hearing now that the film was shot in 48 FPS, which would suggest that this decision about whether or not to release it that way was one they made during post.
So basically this whole story is a mess, and no one seems to be clear on the issue. Devin and Eric speculate that they shot it at 48 fps to future proof it, but won’t actually release it in HFR. This is certainly possible.
Confusing, right? Anyway, I’m still holding out hope for a 48 fps release.