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X-Men: First Class gets Matthew Vaughn

Posted by LiveFor on May 5, 2010

I hadn’t reported on this earlier as there had been lots of conflicting news about it. However, Fox has closed a deal with Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Layer Cake) to direct X-Men: First Class and has set a release date of 3rd June 3 2011.

According to Heat Vision, Bryan Singer, who conceived the story for First Class and was to initially direct the movie before choosing to focus on Jack the Giant Killer for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, is producing along with Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg. Apparently he has also been doing some stealth casting for the film while casting for Jack the Giant Killer.

According to Fox, the film will “chart the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were the closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.”

Now I love the X-Men comic, well the one from a few years ago. Been tricky to keep up with it and I initially enjoyed the X-Men movies. The third was the poorest, but recent rewatches of them all have shown that they haven’t really aged that well. Not sure what it is, but I think the stories used a really slight. I would have loved for Fox to lose the rights to the characters so they would revert to Marvel Studios and the X-Men could be thrown into the mix of Iron Man, Thor etc. That’s just me and looks like it won’t be happening anytime soon.

I wonder if Vaugn will bring along his buddies Jason Flemyng and Dexter Fletcher for the film? Maybe Mark Strong could play Xavier, although he’d be great as Magneto.

Instead we have the X-Men early days. What characters do you want to see in the film and who should play them? Should they have Wolverine in it?

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Bryan Singer may direct X-Men: First Class

Posted by LiveFor on December 17, 2009

On the Official Avatar Myspace Site, director Bryan Singer (X-Men) dropped a major announcement about one of his next projects.

“I just yesterday signed a deal to do an X-Men: First Class origins picture, which is kind of cool. I’m very excited.”

X-Men: First Class is expected to inject a next-gen sensibility into the superhero series. – The studio has been leaning toward using the younger characters introduced in the previous films in future installments –teenagers with powers taught at the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning.

They will most likely draw from elements of the Marvel Comic of the same name, launched in 2006, and enlist such characters as Iceman, Rogue, Angel, Colossus, Jubilee and Shadowcat, who have appeared prominently or made cameos in previous films.

To be honesy I am just not sure whether I am excited about the First Class films and the fact Singer is returning. I was so let down with Superman Returns and watching X-Men and X-Men 2 I just feel they have dated quite a bit plus the stories they tell are so brief it just makes me go “meh!”

I would have liked to see a new director with a fresh take on the subject matter – imagine Edgar Wright or Pierre Morel’s take on an X-Men film.

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Anna Paquin would love to be in X-Men: First Class

Posted by LiveFor on June 4, 2009

IGN UK recently spoke with Anna Paquin, who revealed she would like to return as the mutant Rogue for X-Men: First Class.

“Absolutely. Yeah,” she told us. “I would hope I could do a little bit more action next time, though. I kind of find it ironic that I did three big action films and did, actually, no action whatsoever. I mean I got some really amazing emotional story moments, but I didn’t really get to do the physical stuff.”

It was said that the film, which is currently being written by The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz, would feature younger mutant characters like her Rogue along with Colossus, Angel, Jubilee and Shadowcat.

I am still not sure about this whole First Class thing. One minure they say it will feature the younger version of Cyclops, Beast, Jean Grey etc and then it’s turned around to this new crowd of mutants who turned up late on in the comic book world. Surely if it is First Class then it should be Xavier’s first class of mutants? Am I silly for thinking that?

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Deadpool movie is good to go

Posted by LiveFor on May 6, 2009

Fantastic news about fans of the Merc with a Mouth – that includes me (the image above is via Geek Tyrant).

Twentieth Century Fox has begun development on Deadpool, an “X-Men” spinoff that will be crafted as a star vehicle for Ryan Reynolds, who played the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

The character is one of the most popular in Marvel Comics’ X-Men universe. Deadpool is Wade Wilson, a mercenary who, dying of cancer, submits himself to the Weapon X genetic alteration experiment and emerges as an indestructible semi-sane anti-hero.

Reynolds seemed destined to play the character. In one reference in the Marvel Comics, Deadpool is described as a mix between “a Shar Pei and Ryan Reynolds.”

In one of the “Easter egg” endings of “Wolverine,” Deadpool is seen rising from the rubble and whispering “Shhh” to audiences. The Deadpool we saw in the film is not quite like the one we saw at the end of the Wolvie film.

The film will be produced by Lauren Shuler Donner and Marvel.

According to a source close to Fox, the Deadpool spin-off film “a complete exploration of this unique character.”

Fox is also in the formative stages of a “Wolverine” sequel that will encompass the samurai storyline that was hinted at as Wolverine sat in a bar in Japan as the film concluded.

Separately, Fox is developing Magneto, a film about the X-Men villain with a script by Shelton Turner, and X-Men: First Class, which Josh Schwartz is penning.

Great news about the Deadpool film (Check out my review of the Wolverine movie). I really hope they keep it close to the comic book character. I want to see him break the fourth wall and know he is just a comic book movie character. What do you want to see in a Deadpool film?

Which Marvel Mutant do you want to see next in their own film?(answers)

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Source: Variety

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The Random – X-Men: First Class, Captain America, Pirates of the Caribbean 4, The Host remake, The King of Kong, Suicide Squad, Tremors 4, Hellboy 3

Posted by LiveFor on November 19, 2008

In May Gossip Girl, Chuck and The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz let it slip that he was writing a young X-Men spin-off. 20th Century Fox has remained mum, but now Variety has confirmed the project and is reporting that Schwartz declined an offer to direct the film. It will be called X-Men: First Class and will focus on some young mutants at Xavier’s school. Don’t think it will be a prequel think like the comic book of the same name.

The Chronicles of Narnia scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are in negotiations to write the screenplay for Marvel Studios’ The First Avenger: Captain America.

David Cohen on Variety’s Thompson On Hollywood Blog says that Disney is probably planning to release a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film in Digital Disney 3D.

Universal Studios has signed a director to remake Bong Joon-ho’s 2006 Korean monster film The Host. Commercial film director Fredrik Bond will helm the project, based on a script by Smart People scribe Mark Poirier, and Gore Verbinski will produce.

Seth Gordon has a couple of things on the go. The King of Kong remake he’s directing andthe other is Suicide Squad, about a desperate con man, out on the latest of many paroles, who recruits a crew of amateur criminals to rip off the Kentucky Derby. The latter has the same name as a DC comic book but looks like it has nothing to do with that.

According to Cinema Blend Universal are looking at another film in the Tremors franchise, and it’s going to be set in Australia and called Tremors: The Thunder From Down Under.

Quantum of Solace is is being pushed for a number of Oscars, not only Best Editing, but also Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor.

Rumours are spreading that there could be a Nutty Professor 3.

Jennifer Tilly would like to play the Marvel super-spy, The Black Widow.

Guillermo del Toro spoke to this week. When asked if he’d be willing to give up the “Hellboy” franchise considering the workload he’ll be undertaking once production officially begins on “The Hobbit,” del Toro replied, “I would love to do the third one and finish this incarnation of Hellboy the way we started it, consistent with the way we started it. But, it’s up to them. The reality is that those are not decisions under a director’s control.”

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