With all the focus on X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it's easy to forget that Fox has plans for a second Origins film as well, X-Men Origins: Magneto. Well, we may have forgotten, but Fox has not, and neither have the folks at The Geek Files, who uncovered the official synopsis of the film in the trade magazine Production Weekly.
The synopsis reads:
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.
David Goyer is set to direct, and has already handed Fox an early draft for the film. Ian McKellen, who played Magneto in the X-Men trilogy of films, will not be playing the character for the bulk of the film, but will probably "book-end" the movie with narration.
While there is some movement on the film, Fox has made it clear that their current superheroic efforts are focused on X-Men Origins: Wolverine, however if that film does well, expect X-Men Origins: Magneto and possibly a spin-off from Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer focusing on the Surfer to be fast-tracked into production before the 2012 deadline when the rights to those characters revert to Marvel.