Rumor: Magneto Spin-Off Shooting Next Year?
With incredible buzz for X-Men Origins: Wolverine coming out of Comic-Con, it's no wonder that Fox really wants to get production started on their other confirmed X-Men spin-off: Magneto! If anyone remembers, this film first got the green light back in April last year, but as we all know, that doesn't mean it will ever get made. Fifteen months later and it still hasn't even started production, but that hopefully will change next year. IGN caught up with David Goyer at Comic-Con, who wrote the screenplay and has been attached to direct X-Men Origins: Magneto for a while. Goyer said that Fox still wants to make Magneto and called him a few weeks ago, to which he told them once he finishes The Unborn this November, they'll talk about Magneto again and possibly get it going next year.
So why is this still a rumor if Goyer said it himself? Well, it all goes back to the idea that just because something is announced, it may never get made. Fox may still keep this one in limbo, although I'm guessing they want to line up Magneto in 2010 after Wolverine debuts next May. Goyer specifically told IGN: "Magneto seems to be a movie that Fox still wants to make. They called me about it a couple of weeks ago, and I'm still working on Unborn through November, and so we said, when I finish Unborn, we'll talk, and maybe we'll get that going next year." So case in point, Goyer hasn't even started talking with them at length about starting production on the film, but it sounds like it's going to happen quite soon and Fox is adamant on getting Magneto into production. With the summer of 2008 wrapping up, all the major studios are filling their summer of 2010 slates and this seems like the film Fox wants.
I'm a fan of Goyer's writing - he penned the scripts for Dark City, Blade, Batman Begins, and The Dark Knight - but I'm not sure if he's the best director - his credits include Blade: Trinity, The Invisible, and the upcoming horror film The Unborn. I really hope that directing Magneto is his true calling, because this is a film that I'm hoping turns out amazing. As we outlined last year, X-Men Origins: Magneto will be an origin story focusing on Magneto coming to grips with his mutant ability to manipulate metal as he and his parents try to survive in Auschwitz, a scene you may remember at the beginning of the first X-Men. Magneto later meets Professor Xavier and further hones his powers by hunting down and killing Nazi war criminals. Anyone excited to see this finally see the light of day?