|X2 (2013) Sentinel concept art by Guy Hendrix Dyas|
The blockbuster hit X-Men: Days of Future Past finally brought the Sentinels to the screen after 14 years. An early draft of X-Men and X2 (or X2: X-Men United) both had the mutant-hunting robot Sentinels in it, but were scrapped both times. Director Bryan Singer told Total film, "We felt, for X2, the concept of giant robots is a difficult sell. But it's definitely something we may have room for in the future." Apparently, they had room for it in the future and the past. While a Sentinel head did make an appearance in the Danger Room of X2, and an early draft, there was never a plan to make them the main storyline. Simon Kinsberg told IF Magazine, "There never was a Sentinel script that veered away from the story we ended up with. I have no idea where the rumors came from, but it may have something to do with the Sentinel in the danger room. It also might have something to do with the fact that there was an earlier draft of X-MEN 2 that had Sentinels in it."
The biggest reason the Sentinels were never used was because of the cost of computer animation at the time. It would have cost $8 million to have them in the film, which would have killed the budget. Now that CGI is cheaper, they were able to create some truly lethal robots for X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Guy Hendrix Dyas is a professional production designer who's worked on Hollywood movies like Inception (2010), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) and Superman Returns (2006). Ricardo Delgado is a professional concept and storyboard artist who's worked on big budget films like The Matrix Reloaded (2003).
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Guy Hendrix Dyas
One important feature of the Sentinels were that they were hollow and could change shape into a spinning ball.
"The Sentinels were considered briefly for the X-Men sequel, and I drew up a version to a great, collective yawn from everyone involved." - Ricardo Delgado
See more of Ricardo Delgado's excellent work at his blog http://ricardodelgadoart.blogspot.com and see Guy Hendrix Dyas' brilliant work at http://www.guyhendrixdyas.com.
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What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen X2 would you have wanted the Sentinels?
Official X2: X-Men United Summary
"The X-Men band together to find a mutant assassin who has made an attempt on the President's life, while the Mutant Academy is attacked by military forces and students taken hostage for a sinister purpose." Director: Bryan Singer
Cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel
Production Design by Guy Hendrix Dyas
Starring: Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Anna Paquin, Rebecca Romijn, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Bruce Davison, Aaron Stanford, Shawn Ashmore, Kelly Hu, Katie Stuart, Kea Wong, Cotter Smith, Chiara Zanni, Jackie A. Greenbank, Michael Soltis
Release Date: May 2, 2003
Official site: http://marvel.com/movies/X-Men
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