Inception Pushes Vaughn's X-Men to Cut 'Dream-Space' Action
There was plenty of talk about Inception changing the face of Hollywood and its approach to high concept original stories. Though the praise seemed a bit hyperbolic, there was no doubt Inception would have some influence on future filmmakers. But Hero Complex has discovered Christopher Nolan's existential heist film has already caused creative fluctuation in a film moving towards production. After seeing Inception, director Matthew Vaughn decided to cut about a dozen pages of the X-Men: First Class script because "dream-space" combat scenes in the script felt a little too similar to dream world action sequences from Inception.
"I saw 'Inception,' which I loved," Vaughn said Monday. "But my heart sank when I saw that a few of the ideas we had were up [on the screen]. So it's either leave it in and look as if you're copying or change things. We completely ripped out about 12 pages of the script and the storyboards."
While you'd think many studios, producers and filmmakers would be pushing to make things more similar to Inception (think about how much slow-motion/bullet-time action sequences popped up after The Matrix) Vaughn is taking a step back and trying to do something a little more original than just feeding off the hype machine for Inception. I have to say that a move like that certainly impresses me. Hero Complex says the cut sequence included dream-space combat similar to "psi-war" scenes from certain Uncanny X-Men issues from the late 70's. Said sequences would have seen Professor X (James McAvoy) fighting in spinning rooms with physics-bending imagery, but now we'll most likely never see any of it (in the X-Men universe at least).
Hopefully these changes won't bring the screenplay down a notch on the cool scale, especially since word on the street is that there are already a number of script issues as the project continues moving towards hopeful production later this year. The last time Matthew Vaughn worked on an X-Men movie where script criticism loomed, he ended up leaving the project letting Brett Ratner take over, who then threw comic book vomit on the screen with X-Men: The Last Stand. I definitely don't think Vaughn would leave this project or anything like that, but I'm just hoping that his involvement with anything X-Men related isn't doomed from the start.