The Magneto Spin-Off is On - David Goyer Directing!
It's confirmed, a Magneto spin-off (in addition to the Wolverine spin-off already talked about) is under development, and they've already got a director - David Goyer! The only catch is that it won't be our favorite white wizard Ian McKellen playing Magneto, but that's only because the story isn't going to be set around the current X-Men films' timeframe, instead it will be set around his young years and his origin. The script has already been written by Sheldon Turner (The Longest Yard, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning) and Fox will start up production after Wolverine.
The director, David Goyer, has previously directed Blade: Trinity and The Invisible which opens in theaters tomorrow. Although Blade: Trinity was terrible, I'm interested to see The Invisible and I suggest if you want a taste of what his style is and how it might play into Magneto, I suggest you go catch The Invisible this weekend as well.
The film will be an origin story that was mentioned in the first X-Men film regarding Magneto coming to grips with his mutant ability to manipulate metal objects as he and his parents try to survive in Auschwitz; the first scene in the first X-Men film featured this when he was a young kid. Continuing on, Magneto meets Professor Xavier when Xavier is a soldier liberating the concentration camp. After that, Magneto begins to hone his powers by hunting down and killing Nazi war criminals that tortured him, and his lust for vengeance turns Xavier and Magneto into enemies. Both characters in the spin-off will be played by actors in their 20s.
Disregarding Goyer's Blade: Trinity, the story for this sounds pretty damn exciting and I'm very interested now. Despite it won't be McKellen, who in my mind was the perfect Magneto, I'm confident they'll find someone comparable. I leave you with one more Magneto image from the Ultimate comics universe.