Although it has been rumored for sometime, 20th Century Fox made it official this week that Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past would be getting an extended DVD/Blu-ray edition with all the scenes featuring Ana Paquin’s Rogue put back into the movie. This longer version, which adds more than ten minutes of new footage, will be appropriately titled “The Rogue Cut”, even though other characters and sequences that were cut will be put back in the movie — not just hers. “Rogue Cut” has a nice double meaning, so I can see why they went with that. The film’s writer and producer Simon Kinberg made the announcement from Stage 21 on the Fox lot, where scenes for X-Men: First Class were filmed (e.g. when Magneto breaks Emma Frost out of the CIA). The newer extended cut of the movie will likely be available next summer. “It’s a big chunk, a substantial part of the movie; we want to give fans the fullest picture of the film — behind the camera, and in front of it, and provide more of the process we went through,” said Kinberg. “Every movie has scenes that are cut out, but not every movie has scenes cut out with such a beloved character.”
Kinberg made the announcement while promoting the upcoming theatrical version of X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is available for digital download now and on DVD/Blu-ray on October 14th. It sounds to me like the “Rogue Cut” is long since done and could be released today, but Fox is looking to milk it for all it’s worth by releasing a theatrical edition this fall, and then another longer, more loaded with extras version less than a year later (and probably with previews and behind-the-scenes footage for X-Men: Apocalypse, which will likely have started filming by then). In my opinion, this kind of double dipping on movie releases, especially when they clearly already have another cut of the movie already finished, seems like a cash grab at the fan’s expense, and isn’t really that cool on the studio’s part. On the plus side though, they are letting fans know this far in advance…so if they want to wait till next summer to buy the movie, it’s not like they weren’t given plenty of notice.