26 April 2007

Mags & Cheese is on the Menu

This is actually not great news, but OK I suppose. David Goyer, the mastermind behind Blade Trinity has signed to direct Magneto: The Movie. Goyer is an all right dude, but he tends to like cheese. I am not sure if I want Mags & Cheese. Also, the whole idea of a Magneto movie is sorta lame. I would much rather see pretty much any of the X-Men (except Rogue or Halle Berry Storm) get a solo film first. I didn't see a release dat, but I am guessing 2009. Here is the story from Variety:

David Goyer will direct "Magneto," an "X-Men" spinoff film from 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios that's drawn from the villain played in the original trilogy by Ian McKellen.

After the first three "X-Men" films grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, Fox and Marvel hatched the spinoff program. "Magneto" will be the second spinoff to go into production. First up is "Wolverine," a David Benioff-scripted film that will star Hugh Jackman as the steel-clawed mutant. Fox and Marvel will set a director shortly.

Goyer will develop a "Magneto" script that was written by Sheldon Turner.

McKellen's participation in "Magneto" will likely be limited, since the film is an origin story. In a storyline hinted at by the original "X-Men" films, Magneto comes to grips with his mutant ability to manipulate metal objects as he and his parents try to survive in Auschwitz. Magneto meets Professor Xavier (played as the wheelchair-bound mutant leader by Patrick Stewart) when Xavier is a soldier liberating the concentration camp.

Magneto hones 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 will be played by actors in their 20s.

Marvel, coming off "Ghost Rider," has a May 4 bow for "Spider-Man" at Columbia Pictures, a June 15 opening of "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer."

Marvel Studios is in production on the Robert Downey Jr.-Terrence Howard starrer "Iron Man," which Paramount has slotted for a May 2, 2008 release, and Edward Norton was recently set to play the title character in "The Incredible Hulk," a Louis Leterrier-directed reinvention of the franchise. Universal has set a June 13, 2008 release.

Goyer, who directed "Blade: Trinity" and whose new film, "The Invisible," will be released this weekend by Disney, has scripted "Ghost Rider" and the "Blade" films for Marvel, as well as the DC Comics transfers "Batman Begins" and "The Flash," which he's now writing.

Turner's credits include "The Longest Yard" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning."

The X-Men Trilogy (X-Men/ X2: X-Men United/ X-Men: The Last Stand)

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