View Full Version : X-Men 4, First Class, Wolvie 2 Talk

03-18-2010, 06:38 PM
Bryan Singer (http://uk.stars.ign.com/objects/912/912510.html) and his X-Men are getting a big story in The LA Times (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/herocomplex/2010/03/bryan-singer-and-the-xmen-together-again.html) this weekend, but for those of us who consider newspapers to be the homo sapiens of media when compared to the Internet's homo superior, worry not – we've got the extended version of the article already.

The bulk of the piece focuses on Singer and X-producer Lauren Shuler (http://uk.stars.ign.com/objects/915/915746.html) Donner's memories of making the first X-Men movie, the tenth anniversary of which is this summer. But there are also several tidbits about the pair's plans for the movie future of Wolverine, Jean Grey, Cyclops and the rest…

First of all, let's get something straight which hasn't been all that clear up until now: X-Men: First Class (http://uk.movies.ign.com/objects/142/14270431.html) is not the same movie as X-Men 4 (http://uk.movies.ign.com/objects/039/039915.html). They're two completely different -- and viable -- projects, and Shuler Donner has already pitched Singer on making X-4 as a sequel to the pre-existing franchise featuring Hugh Jackman's Wolverine, et al. In fact, Singer and Jackman just had lunch so the actor could "coax" the director into a project, "which may or may not be a Wolverine film." For those who are keeping score, Singer's writer on The Usual Suspects and Valkyrie, Christopher McQuarrie (http://uk.stars.ign.com/objects/914/914033.html), also penned the Wolvie 2 script. So it almost seems inevitable that Singer would somehow get involved in the film, doesn't it?

As for X-Men 4, the directed is quoted as telling Shuler Donner and to "hold that one off for just a little, I'm fixated on the other one right now," to which she responds, ""I will, I will ... I'm holding it open with high hopes. It's totally different [from First Class] and it will be so interesting for you."


First Class is being referred to as a prequel at the moment, but it sounds more like a reboot. Singer says that it will focus on Professor X and Magneto and how their relationship went wrong, and will also depict the origins of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. That will mean that new actors will play younger versions of characters – specifically the ones namedropped in the article are "Cyclops, Jean Grey, the Beast, etc." As for whether or not Jackman would show up as the ageless Wolverine, Singer just shrugs.

"Just doing younger mutants is not enough," says Singer. "The story needs to be more than that. I love the relationship between Magneto and Xavier, these two men who have diametrically opposite points of view but still manage to be friends -- to a point. They are the ultimate frenemies."

Before he starts casting the film, though, apparently the director and Fox need to negotiate with Warner Bros. regarding his Jack the Giant Killer (http://uk.movies.ign.com/objects/033/033435.html) project. Whether that means he's trying to get out of the gig or postpone it isn't clear. And speaking of Warner Bros., Singer kinda sorta addresses the disappointment that his Superman Returns (http://uk.movies.ign.com/objects/033/033915.html) is mostly remembered for.

"I genuinely like the people [of X-Men], and my personality meshes more with this universe than it does with other universes, I think; I see that now at this point," he says. "I feel a connection to the X-Men characters and also the ensemble nature of the films. If you look at Usual Suspects or my last film, Valkyrie, I feel especially comfortable with ensemble juggling. In the space between all the characters you can disguise a central thought that's hidden in all the discourse. I missed that with the singular relationship story of Superman. And, well, it always gives you something to cut to..."

Read the full LA Times story here (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/herocomplex/2010/03/bryan-singer-and-the-xmen-together-again.html).

source - IGN.com

Capn Doug
03-18-2010, 07:18 PM
I don't recall X-Men 3 being particularly good, it was like he was trying to do as much damage to the franchise as he could so he wouldn't be asked back. Why would you make a fourth after that? First Class could be interesting, though.

Alice in Wonderland
03-18-2010, 07:32 PM
Personally, I think that X-men 3 wasnt that bad :O ! I never watched or read the old x-men comics that's maybe why I enjoyed them. I wouldnt mind a 4, and First class either. Imo, Wolverine origins was much better, I enjoyed the 2 of them way more.. and after reading that, First class looks like Magneto and Xavier origins, I just like to see how they evolved and all that, I'm probably going to watch it in theater when it comes out !

03-19-2010, 06:36 PM
They killed an awful lot of X-people in the 3rd one. They will have some work to do to continue from there. In all likelyhood they would have to go to the future mutents with like Cable and all. Never been all that crazy about that arc of the X-Men.

First class sounds pretty cool though, as does another Wolverine flick. So happy that they have a good actor like Jackman who is still pumped with keeping the character going. Too many times this late in the game the original actors often drop out not wanting to get get forever associated with a character that makes them famous. Nice to see that Jackman still likes the character, and plays him well.

03-22-2010, 03:41 PM
with singer ima go...without him, i don't think i could handle another xmen 3 or wolvy origins