X-Men: Days of Future Past Composer and Editor John Ottman on His Creative Double Duty

While there may be a big-budget blockbuster on the outside of X-Men: Days of Future Past, there’s a very personal story at its creative heart. It marks the eighth big-screen collaboration between Bryan Singer as director and John Ottman pulling the rare double duty as both composer and film editor. In a new interview with ComingSoon.net, Ottman looks back on a partnership that has lasted for more than two decades, turning out films like The Usual Suspects, Apt Pupil and Superman Returns.

Oddly enough, the only one of Singer’s features that didn’t have Ottman doing both music and editing was the original X-Men. Ottman was, at the time, making his own directorial debut with Urban Legends: Final Cut. The lure of X2, however, brought him back (and, as he explains below, is what really made him an “X-Men” fan). That means that, not unlike Wolverine’s own journey through time in Days of Future Past, Ottman is, with this new film, revisiting a world he helped define more than a decade ago.

“It’s a way for us to go back into the franchise we love and sort of set things the way we like it,” he says of finding a way to unite a massive continuity that already spans seven feature films (and has both an eighth, X-Men: Apocalypse and a ninth, an untitled Wolverine film) already set with release dates.)

Ottman also discusses his and Singer’s love of “Star Trek,” its tendency to be homaged in the X-Men films and how much fun he had getting to play around with it in the X-Universe.

You can click here to check out the interview!