By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist November 18, 2013 at 3:06PM
Well, you gotta hand it to 20th Century Fox, they sure know how to burn their productions right down to the wire. With their mega-sized "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" slated to hit theaters in about six months, the production is going to back for reshoots, and it's not just a few days of pickups. Nope, a few weeks of additional shooting is planned in Montreal this month but that's not really the most eyebrow-raising part of all this.
PostMedia News is declaring that the production is "the second-most expensive movie ever produced by Hollywood studio 20th Century Fox, behind only 'Avatar.' " Wait, what? The official budget on James Cameron's film was $237 million though other estimates put it well over $300 million, while "X-Men: First Class" cost a standard blockbuster rate of $160 million. Generally speaking, budgets on sequels go up and certainly with Bryan Singer's film starring pretty much X-Men cast member in the recent history and some new faces too, certainly it's going to cost more. But second only to "Avatar"?
We can't imagine 20th Century Fox would offer up that piece of trivia to local news reporter as they gear up for reshoots (studios generally tend to keep budget info close to the vest as much as possible) so we can only surmise this is some kind of hyperbole. Still, where's there smoke perhaps there's fire. Is Fox hoping to spend big to earn big with this "The Avengers"-sized followup? Guess we'll find out soon enough....