Cyclops Says X-Men: First Class to Start Shooting in 2010?
Back in April, we received a bit of information about the spawning of a new X-Men franchise in the form of some young mutants forming the first team out of Charles Xavier's School for the Gifted. As of now, the project is being referred to as X-Men: First Class, but we haven't heard any real information about the project since Josh Schwartz (creator and exec producer of shows like "Chuck" and "The O.C.") was said to be penning the first draft of the screenplay. But some new info has come to light today via SuperHeroHype, and it looks like the production might be on track to start filming sooner than we might have originally thought.
The site was tipped off about a potential 2010 start date for X-Men: First Class when actor Tim Pocock, who played the young Scott Summers/Cyclops in Wolverine, updated his Twitter. Apparently the young actor is filming an Australian TV series until February and then will be shooting First Class. However, he doesn't say how soon after this series' finishes that he'll be in production so it could be months later.
You might remember back in April, producer Lauren Schuler Donner (X-Men Trilogy, Wolverine) let us know that X-Men: First Class would be like a whole new beginning. Here's what she said at the time:
"It is the first class of Xavier's school, way back when, so it's young Scott, young Jean, young Beast and that'll be really fun. Hopefully First Class will become its own franchise and we can follow them as they grow up."
While I love me some X-Men action, I can't see the adventures of a teen team of mutants being all that exciting for anybody over 13. When's the last time an entire cast of kids came together for any awesome action/sci-fi flick? It was hard enough seeing the immature antics of Iceman and Pyro as their rivalry grew from X2: X-Men United to the horribly campy in X-Men: The Last Stand. If we're going to start fresh with a new franchise and continue on this trend of combining characters from other franchises into one story a la The Avengers, then why doesn't Marvel just figure out how they can bring the Civil War storyline to the big screen. Never have I been so intrigued by a comic series (and I'm not an avid comic reader). If you haven't read it, I wholly recommend it, it's incredible. Where do you want the X-Men franchise to go next?