Based on the long-running Marvel comic book series, X-MEN takes place in the near future, as certain humans are evolving into mutants with special powers. In the Canadian wilderness, a young runaway mutant named Rogue (Anna Paquin) and a bad-tempered, quick-healing mutant with retractable metal claws called Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) are suddenly attacked by Sabertooth, one of Magneto's (Ian McKellen) powerful lackeys. Fortunately, Cyclops (James Marsden) and Storm (Halle Berry), students of the compassionate Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), interfere and bring them back to Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. Here Wolverine and Rogue learn more about the conflict between Xavier and the militant Magneto, who wants to power a device that will genetically alter humans, with possibly deadly results. Only Xavier's students can stop Magneto's plans. Director Bryan Singer (THE USUAL SUSPECTS) displays his expertise with an ensemble cast, accomplishing a feat by making the first live-action film about an entire group of superheroes. Hugh Jackman's portrayal of the ill-tempered Wolverine is dead-on, while Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are ideally matched in their Martin Luther King, Jr.- and Malcolm X-like roles. Smart and well-paced, X-MEN towers above most comic book movies.
Because The Fantastic Four reboot and X-Men are both housed at 20th Century Fox, many fans believe a crossover between the two franchises is imminent. X-Men: Days of Future Past producer and writer Simon Kinberg thinks otherwise, and while promoting this latest mutant sequel, dashed any hoped that we'd be seeing Mr. Fantastic and Wolverine crossing paths anytime soon.
Finally, Simon Kinberg talked about the tone of the new The Fantastic Four, and what we can expect to see on screen."I can tell you this: Our version, The Fantastic Four movie we're making differs than those other films. And I think where it starts - and where I think superhero movies define themselves - is not in plot and character, but in tone. And the tone of our The Fantastic Four movie is so different than those other films. And I actually think, more importantly, different from other superhero movies.Read More
Before director Bryan Singer became attached to X-Men, 20th Century Fox had a decidedly different take on the source material. Their original plan was to cast Bob Hoskins, who recently passed away, as the indestructible Mutant with the antimantium claws. Before they eventually decided on Dougray Scott, they also went after Mel Gibson, who was hugely popular at the time, and Russell Crowe, who was not. As luck would have it, fate stepped in, and Dougray Scott had to bow out of the film, due to obligations to Mission: Impossible 2, which needed him back for reshoots. Unknown Hugh Jackman would step in to fill the role, and the rest, as we know, is history.
Today, we get to see what Mel Gibson would have looked like as Logan had he actually been cast in a piece of concept art from Miles Teves.Read More
Bryan Singer Eyeing Another X-Men Bryan Singer is looking to make another X-Men movie with Twentieth Century Fox, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Singer made X-Men and X2: X-Men United, but passed on the third installment so he could make X-Men: The Last Stand. South African filmmaker Gavin Hood made another spin-off, X-Men Origins: Wolverine which was released earlier this year.Read More
Given Magneto is already the head of the militant mutant organization known as The Brotherhood in the first film, will the prequel detail the steps he takes to form that alliance, perhaps highlighting such mutants as Sabertooth and Rebecca Romijn's Mystique? "[Some] amazing surprises that happen in his life [are in store]," Arad coyly answered.
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David Goyer will direct Magneto, the X-Men spinoff in development from 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios that centers on the villain played in the original trilogy by Ian McKellen, according to Variety.
After the first three X-Men films grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, Fox and Marvel hatched the spinoff program. Magneto will be the second such movie to go into production. First up is Wolverine, a David Benioff-scripted film that will star Hugh Jackman as the steel-clawed mutant; Fox and Marvel will set a director shortly on that film.Read More
20th Century Fox would likely have to pay considerably more for a third film, as the cast members only had contracts for the original film and options on one sequel.
X2: X-Men United was released May 2nd, 2003.Read More