Discussions of X-Men Origins: Magneto stopped about the same time that X-Men: First Class was announced. Last we heard about it, Bryan Singer was still signed on to direct First Class, and he said that the film might supersede the Magneto prequel.

Now we’ve got an update from producer Lauren Shuler Donner, providing a slightly more definitive answer on the matter, as well as a few details on Deadpool and the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Read More »

X-Men First Class

News that Bryan Singer had signed to direct X-Men: First Class created a lot of excitement, but just as many questions, in the world of comic book movie fandom. We know that Jamie Moss has been hired to write, and the director had also revealed that the film would cover “the formative years of Xavier and Magneto, and the formation of the school and where there [sic] relationship took a wrong turn.” Many of you, like us, wondered if this new First Class film meant that the long-proposed X-Men Origins: Magneto film is now off the table.

Heat Vision was able to talk with the director, and get some answers. Singer admitted that First Class would “probably utilize some of the Magneto story because it deals with a young Magneto,” and that “it might supersede” that plan because this new movie would explore “that relationship between a young energetic professor and a disenfranchised victim of the Holocaust.”

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Later this week we’ll be publishing our full interview with director James McTeigue (V For Vendetta, Ninja Assassin), but until then I’ve been posting some of the more newsworthy bits to come out of our discussion. Yesterday, McTeigue revealed his next project, a Se7enstlye thriller titled The Raven, and he gave us an update on the development of the sci-fi adaptation Altered Carbon. You can read about both projects in our previous post.

James also took the time to address three comic book movie related rumors that have been circulating the interwebs recently, including Plastic Man, X-Men Origins: Magneto and a Superman reboot. Rumors debunked and quotes after the jump.

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X-Men Origins: Magneto Plot Synopsis

The latest issue of Production Weekly features a new plot synopsis for David Goyer‘s X-Men Origins: Magneto:

“The original X-Men film began with a prologue that showed the character as a child being led to a concentration camp by Nazis and that is the period in which the Magneto film will take place. This setup will allow a future villain to at least flirt with the designation of protagonist since the character will be seen almost exclusively in his formative years. The storyline will heavily involve Professor X, the wheelchair-using X-Men leader. That character was a soldier in the allied force that liberated the concentration camps. The professor meets Magneto after the war and while they bond over the realization that they are alike in their special powers, their differences soon turn them into enemies.”

Goyer’s early screenplay didn’t include Xavier aka Professor X, so it seems like they’ve been tinkering with the story a bit.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine in May 2009

Jackman as WolverineThe official title of Gavin Hood’s Wolverine X-Men spinoff feature film is X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which makes complete sense. I’m guessing that David Goyer’s Magneto spin-off will get the same title treatment (X-Men Origins: Magneto).

Liev Schrieber (The Hurricane, The Painted Veil) is in final talks to star as William Stryker, who was played by Brian Cox in the 2003 film X2: X-Men United. In that film, Stryker was a rogue army colonel with an equally fervent desire to destroy mutants, stemming from his mutant son’s causing the death of his wife, and the failure of Professor X to help him. In the comic book series, Stryker was an obscure character, with only one appearance as a religious fanatic, with a military history which may have involved the Weapon X project, which resulted in Wolverine being given his adamantium skeleton.

Hugh Jackman, who is also producing the film, returns as Wolverine. The film is scheduled to shoot in Australia, New Zealand and New Orleans. The New Orleans location has some fans convinced that the popular but yet to be seen New Orleans-based X-Men character Gambit might make an appearance in the film.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine
will hit theaters on May 1, 2009 (up against Disney’s animated movie “G-Force“).