Singer reveals more X-Men: First Class
Bryan Singer has been talking about various things, mainly X-Men: First Class and has given us a little more of the intended plot and direction. Although there's not much more on the plot he does suggest that there's more focus on the two leads than we'd thought before, that being Xavier and Magneto.
However first I have to deal with the annoyanace of everyone who is interested in the X-Men franchise being called a geek and the over-sensationalised story about the whole Bryan Singer returning to X-Men story.
You know I do find the article rather insulting. First of all we're all geeks. Anyone interested in the new X-Men film and who is directing it is a geek. Plus you all were suffering from sensationalised shockwaves after hearing that Bryan Singer was returning to the franchise and directing X-Men: First Class, and apparently this was some five years after he "angered" Fox by opting to make Superman Returns (Filmstalker review) at Warner Bros.
I thought I was reading a British tabloid for a second, or a web site that's all about baiting people, getting them angry and getting them commenting (don't know anyone or any site like that).
That just sounded cheap, sensationalised, and frankly insulting to fans of film. Just because it's Bryan Singer or X-Men does not mean The Hollywood Reporter should belittle all the fans of the series.
Asked about the plot and what the film was going to deliver he came back with the line we've already heard.
"There's a story that I really want to tell…I can't tell you that; it's secret. But it's basically about the formation of the X-Men. How they began and the relationship between a young Xavier and a young Magneto."
On the subject of the hyped "angered" relationship that Hollywood Reporter was talking about through Yahoo News, Bryan Singer addresses it directly:
"A lot of that was comical and exaggerated. When you set up a rather lucrative franchise and produce one of the company's biggest television shows ("House"), I think there is a lot of good energy on a business level.
But also, Tom Rothman and I have a very strong relationship from those early days of "X-Men 1" when he ascended to the chairmanship and I was involved in this very important movie for the studio. We bonded then. So I think he was frustrated then, as was I, because I couldn't do a third "X-Men," but that moment of frustration passed.
We have always looked at different projects to do together, but the timing was never right to do something like this."
It's a bit like all these stories of reshoots on films indicating impending disaster. Things happen in the business and more often than not it's not the clandestine underhand conspiracy that most think it is.
Singer was then asked about if he thought the franchise would ever become exhausted, he said no, but he did deliver a little more about the plot by comparing against the Magneto prequel that's planned:
"This story would probably utilize some of the Magneto story because it deals with a young Magneto, so it might supersede that because this would explore that relationship between a young energetic professor and a disenfranchised victim of the Holocaust."
So that's a little more of a taster to the plot for the X-Men: First Class, and I have to say there's a little more positivity coming out from it because there's more from Magneto and Xavier, and it's not just going to be loads of teenage X-Men in a kind of X-Twilight film.
However, the question does raise itself, how are they going to get the two leads back and make them look that young? Are they really going to cast look-a-likes that are that good?