December 22, 2009

X-Men Origins: Magneto Is Dead

With Bryan Singer directing and co-writing X-Men Origins: First Class, where does this leave the Magento film? Essentially it's story been has absorbed into First Class killing the other project. Singer recently talked about how First Class would take story elements from the purposed Magento film. I can't say I'm surprised considering the many things that held Magento back from going into production.

"This story would probably utilize some of the Magneto story because it deals with a young Magneto, so it might supersede that because this would explore that relationship between a young energetic professor and a disenfranchised victim of the Holocaust."

Some of the reasons could have been David S. Goyer himself. The excellent comic book screenwriter decided to adapt the origin story of a villain. First thing I don't think 20th Century Fox would ever be sold on an X-Men film focused on the villain. There is also the holocaust aspect, it would be hard to sell subject matter like the holocaust to young children and families. That sort of thing would be too scary and dark for kids. Mind you I did think the nod to it during the first X-Men film did a lot to ground the characters.

Now comes the hit to Goyer's ego, he's an awful director. That was best shown in Goyer's attempt to take over the Blade franchise and killing it instead. His two films since haven't done much to impress critics or fanboys. Goyer's unwillingness to move aside for others like director James McTeigue (V For Vendetta) put the nail in the coffin.

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