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Exclusive: Shuler Donner Talks Magneto
Producer on Professor X's involvement

12 November 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: Empire/Production Weekly

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine may be just a few months away from slashing its way into cinemas, but it’s taken a while for concrete developments to take place on the other X-Men prequel, X-Men Origins: Magneto, which was announced around the same time as the Hugh Jackman starrer.

However, we spoke to its producer, the doyenne of the X-films, Lauren Shuler Donner, recently, and she confirmed that it’s still in the works. “I think first we wanted to make Wolverine, and then David [Goyer, the attached director] took another film, and there wasn’t a lot of time,” she said. “But I’d like to make that – we’ll have to see.”

Details of the plot have remained vague thus far, but Shuler Donner was happy to tell us shed a little light on things. “We have a script on Magneto which is actually sort of Magneto and Charles Xavier,” she said. “It’s Erik and Charles in their early, early years.”

And, as if to further confirm that, the industry bible Production Weekly has added a synopsis for the Fox film, which suggests that Xavier “was a soldier in the allied force that liberated the concentration camps” in which Magneto is interred at the beginning of Bryan Singer’s X-Men.

“The professor meets Magneto after the war and while they bond over the realisation that they are alike in their special powers, their differences soon turn them into enemies.”

Sounds intriguing. The relationship between Xavier and Lehnsherr is one of the most successful elements of all three X-movies and, even though Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen won’t be playing the young ‘uns, we’re still hugely excited by a movie detailing their early relationship. Fingers crossed that Fox puts this on a fast track, but we suspect that Magneto’s fate will be determined by the extent of Wolverine’s success.


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Magneto
Wolverine was good but Magneto could be even better. I can see Magneto and Charles being the best of the Origins series of films. I can see power, creative control and the best possible way of freeing the trapped. A great movie can be made with Magneto! More

Posted by Riggs at 15:14 on 01 January 2010 | Report This Post

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Gambit looks pretty effin' awesome from the rough footage online. Deadpool doesn't have the mask unfortunately. But that could be all change. More

Posted by deathbat6661 at 20:55 on 12 November 2008 | Report This Post

Nice one piccolo135. I was just about to ask. 2 questions to anyone in the know, does gambit look awesome and does deadpool have the mask (i presume he doesn't?) More

Posted by shanewire at 16:38 on 12 November 2008 | Report This Post

CAST MICHAEL SHEEN AS MAGNETO
and don't let Goyer direct, it wouldn't direct water into ice More

Posted by Hughezy at 13:40 on 12 November 2008 | Report This Post

I'm excited. I don't think I can say much more. More

Posted by deathbat6661 at 13:04 on 12 November 2008 | Report This Post

baldness
Since Professor X is bald, will his younger self (presumably called Student X at some point...) also be lacking in the hair department? If so this could veer dangerously close to an episode of Smallville. Just be sure to reign in the moody looks and melodrama. And keep Kelly Brook WELL clear... More

Posted by iainjames at 12:36 on 12 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Speaking of which...
Never mind, have found my answer! Wolverine trailer supposed to be attached to Day the earth stood still More

Posted by piccolo135 at 12:32 on 12 November 2008 | Report This Post

Speaking of which...
Where is official Wolverine trailer?? Ive seen the rough comic con footage (which looked VERY cool) but whens the teaser/trailer supposed to hit?? More

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