Singer confirmed for X-Men: First Class
It's confirmed, Bryan Singer is directing X-Men: First Class with Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg producing, so that means a definite continuation of the franchise, just with cheaper talent in the form of the X-Kids.
Apparently though there is hope. Singer took the project on only after the studio liked a treatment he wrote for the film, and while he won't be doing the script, Jamie Moss will, and he has Street Kings to his name.
I keep trying to think what this would feel like and I keep returning to the scene where Wolverine and Storm are helping the kids escape from the armed team sent to take all the X-Kids into custody. All those sequences of the two X-Men fighting for them and the X-Kids escaping as they come together to use their powers to get out of the house is probably how the entire film is going to feel.
Actually you might think that the sequence was put in there as a trial to see how well it would work for a film on it's own. Call me cynical, but that's what it feels like to me. Not that it's bad, in fact that part of the film was action packed and rather interesting seeing some traditional X-Men characters a little younger.
However it's not just taking the X-Kids from the time-lines of the existing films, here we actually are going back in time, so what we may see are more of the mutants we know and love from the series to date, just as the X-Kids themselves.
"This is the formative years of Xavier and Magneto, and the formation of the school and where there relationship took a wrong turn...There is a romantic element, and some of the mutants from 'X-Men' will figure into the plot, though I don't want to say which ones. There will be a lot of new mutants and a great villain."
Well at least Jamie Moss can grammatically check his treatment! The good thing is that some of the older mutants will be in there, and look at that, a new villain.
He's definite there though, we are going back and seeing the characters we know in a much younger setting, perhaps the X-Men we've followed will be the X-Kids themselves.
I'm really unsure about this idea, but with Singer back there's a lot of hope for a great X-Men/Kids film, and Singer tells us exactly why, it's about being the fan.
"Whether it's Batman, Lord of the Rings or Star Trek, if the characters are good, you want to see them on their journey even if you know their destiny...I put myself in the fan's position, and I think this story is something I would want to see, and so will they."
What do you think then? Good X-Men, bad X-Men? Is this the way to continue the franchise rather than sticking with the time-line that we were following and the big ensemble cast?