We reported a few days ago that Matthew Vaughn was confirmed to direct X-Men: First Class and now we have some new information from the writing pair assigned to rewrite the film. io9 recently spoke with Zack Stentz and Ashley Edward Miller, who have come aboard to write X-Men: First Class, about their experiences thus far on the production. Here's an excerpt from their interview, including working with producer Bryan Singer.
"What were your first meetings with Bryan Singer like?
AEM: Bryan is a great collaborator. He's very smart, he knows what he wants and he's great with the back-and-forth of designing cool scenes and moments. And when you get into the superheroics, he wants to understand how and why things work.
ZS: In TV terms, it was like meeting with a great showrunner - he absolutely knows what he wants, but is interested in your opinion and enjoys means-testing all of the ideas that come out.
How difficult was it to settle on the story to tell? There are so many firsts the X-Men had...how do you choose just one?
AEM: Step One: You can't think of it that way. You have to let go of all of that.
ZS: Yeah, that way lies checking boxes on a list instead of just finding a great story.
AEM: So you ask the same questions you'd ask on any other script: Who are these characters? What do they want? What's in their way?
True. but with so much to choose from, are there conscious decisions of the things you know you want in there?
AEM: Sure, but it has to feel organic. If it doesn't emerge naturally, you should never ever force it. (And yes, that's what she said.)
Did you feel any pressure/desire/necessity to "reintroduce" us to the X-Men?
ZS: In some sense you should be reintroducing your characters in every film.
ZS: Well, look at Star Trek (2009) - that's a film that did a great job of acknowledging that its characters are part of the culture, yet treating them as fresh and new to the audience.
AEM: I would also argue that if you're telling a story where your characters can no longer surprise the audience, you're telling the wrong story. These characters surprised us at every turn, sometimes in really wonderful and emotional ways. Those moments are what make movies great.
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