X-Men: First Class to start new franchise
It's announced, X-Men: First Class is to start the new X-Men franchise. We'll be seeing no more of the X-Men characters as they were with the first three films, and perhaps after the two X-Men Origins films of Wolverine and Magneto they'll be restricted to walk on parts, because if the X-Men franchise producer has her way the new franchise starts here.
However the characters themselves won't stop appearing and it would seem that there's a desire to keep them all there, Beast, Jean Grey, Cyclops, etc. Just younger.
Lauren Shuler Donner has been talking about the plans for the franchise on the day that I am off to see Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan in theatre together, and revealed that X-Men: First Class is going ahead and if the plan works out it will start a new X-Men franchise, perhaps even with films following the individual characters.
“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...I think (the plan) is to follow some of the characters into their own stories, and weave them back into the X-Men world...and hopefully 'First Class' will become its own franchise and we can follow them as they grow up.”
So that's the plan for the X-Men franchise then, there will be no direct fourth X-Men film it would seem, and instead we're off to follow a few of those characters origin stories, and the teen version of X-Men as they grow up.
While I don't really take to the teen version of X-Men that well, I wonder what they are going to do when they continue the franchise and age the characters upwards? Beast will be fine because there is make-up galore, but other characters will have to be recast. Mind you by then we won't remember the originals will we, and there's the possibility that the franchise might not make it.
What do you think about X-Men: First Class, is this a film you'd want to see? Would you also want to follow the teen X-Men as they grow up?