Fox Star Studios will release Bryan Singer-directed X-Men Apocalypse on May 20 in India, a week before its release in the US.
Disney released Jon Favreau’s directorial The Jungle Book a week before in India claiming a huge chunk of box office revenue. And now it seems other production houses are using this strategy as a ‘fail proof’ formula. Fox Star Studios is planning to release Bryan Singer-directed X-Men Apocalypse on May 20 in India, a week before its release in the US.
The most anticipated film in the X-Men franchise, will hit the screens earlier in India than US.
“The X-Men franchise in India has a huge fan following, in fact one of the highest in Asia; and releasing X- Men Apocalypse’ a week before the US will give the Indian fans a chance to catch it prior to most countries,” Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios said in a statement.
And just like The Jungle Book, Fox will get this film dubbed in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
The film star cast includes James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan and Sophie Turner.
The first trailer of the film which was released in December last year garnered a lot of criticism from Hindu leaders over a specific dialogue. In the trailer the main villain, Apocalypse (Oscar Issac) compares himself to Lord Krishna, “I have been called many things over many lifetimes – Ra, Krishna, Yahweh.”
This reference to Lord Krishna had offended spiritual Hindu leaders as they alleged that evil is being compared with the Hindu god.
Filmmaker Bryan Singer was asked to remove all references associated to Lord Krishna from the film’s trailer, and consequently, the film itself. Whether it is been done or not we will get to know with the release of the film.
Meanwhile, Marvel is definitely trying to insert the fact that immortal mutant Apocalypse existed in the history. 20th Century Fox has released a new video promoting the movie claims.
“What if the world’s first mutant actually appeared thousands of years ago? Unlock the secrets of En Sabah Nur. When he rises, civilizations fall.”
The video titled In the Footsteps ofâ€¦ En Sabah Nur takes the form of a promo for a fictional documentary series that exists in the X-Men cinematic universe. It suggests the scale of the threat that Apocalypse poses, while also placing the new movie in context with 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past