Lauren Shuler Donner Updates X-Men Origins: Magneto
There's been an explosion of news recently regarding the X-Men Origins: Magneto spin-off that has been in development at Fox since X-Men 3 hit theaters in 2006. But none of it is new - we knew last April that the film would be about Erik Lehnsherr's younger years during WWII. Thus, the only Magneto news worth writing about is something actually new - thankfully Empire has something new. They recently spoke with Lauren Shuler Donner, the producer behind anything X-Men, and got an update on the status of the project - but it seems it's still in limbo, at least until X-Men Origins: Wolverine hits theaters.
Donner explains that, "I think first we wanted to make Wolverine, and then David [Goyer] took another film [The Unborn], and there wasn't a lot of time." That gets us up to speed, given that the project is currently somewhat stuck in limbo at the moment. She adds, "But I'd like to make that – we'll have to see." By that last statement, she means "we'll have to see" about the box office returns of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. And judging by the hype at Comic-Con and other buzz, it's due to make bucket loads of cash. And to reiterate what was confirmed last year about the story, she adds that "we have a script on Magneto which is actually sort of Magneto and Charles Xavier - it's Erik and Charles in their early, early years."
Anyone who follows the industry closely knows that Fox is a pain in the ass when it comes to making these kinds of movies. Apparently Gavin Hood has been having a tough time making the Wolverine movie he wants. And I'm guessing that fight is why Magneto is still stuck in development hell - Fox stubbornly doesn't want to move forward on Magneto until they know that Wolverine makes money. I'm not the only smart person who knows that the WWII trend is gaining momentum, which means this movie would fit in even more. Hopefully someone at Fox is smart enough to eventually give this the greenlight?