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  1. #1

    Magneto: The Movie!!

    Sounds like a great idea to me. Especially given how much Patrick Stewart was wanting to know about the origins of Magneto and Xavier's friendship and the eventual downfall of it. Hope it pans out.
    Variety reports that 20th Century Fox has set Sheldon Turner ("The Longest Yard," "The Amityville Horror," "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" prequel) to write Magneto, an action-thriller based on the villainous character played in the first two "X-Men" films by Ian McKellen.

    The project marks the second extension of the studio's "X-Men" comic book franchise. The move follows a Fox deal with "Troy" screenwriter David Benioff to write Wolverine, who is played by Hugh Jackman in the films.

    The studio is developing the spin-offs as they separately develop X-Men 3. Simon Kinberg is writing the third installment. Magneto will likely be produced by the "X-Men" duo of Lauren Shuler Donner and Marvel Studios' Avi Arad.

    The original "X-Men" film began with a prologue that showed Magneto as a child being led to a concentration camp by Nazis, and that is the period in which the new film will take place. Since the character will be seen almost exclusively in his formative years, it is not clear whether McKellen will be in the film at all, says the trade.

    "I pitched a film that is almost 'The Pianist' meets 'X-Men,' about a guy who, after watching his family slaughtered, has an awakening of his powers and seeks revenge," Turner said.

    The storyline will heavily involve Professor X (played by Patrick Stewart in the films). That character was a soldier in the allied force that liberated the concentration camps. The professor meets Magneto after the war, and while they bond over the realization that they are alike in their special powers, their differences soon turn them into enemies.
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    Re: Magneto: The Movie!!

    When I read the title of this topic, I thought "Ugh."
    But after reading the pitch - The Pianist (amazing movie) meets X-Men - and the the plot idea, I'm all for it!
    Tons of great potential there.
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    Re: Magneto: The Movie!!

    Like Rocketboy, I had a negative gut reaction when I saw the thread's title, but the pitch does sound interesting enough. I can actually hear Ian McKellen's voice narrating it in my head already. Definitely a niche audience film though, if they try to go for a mainstream action film audience, they'll probably lose EVERYBODY -- that's what made the first Blade film so great, it didn't try to get all types of audiences in, it didn't go for that coveted PG-13 rating, and it worked so much better than many of the modern comic book films for it, if "Magneto" can stay true to the character, it could certianly have a chance.
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    Re: Magneto: The Movie!!

    At this rate, we'll finally get Jubilee: The Movie in, oh, say, 2194!!

    Seriously, though, this could be a very good thing. If I'm not mistaken, this is a period in Erik's life that the comics have never quite adequately covered.

    And hopefully Jubilation will don the yellow trenchcoat and hang with Wolvie (who will be wearing a new brown costume) in his stand-alone movie.
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    Re: Magneto: The Movie!!

    Quote Originally Posted by El Chuxter
    At this rate, we'll finally get Jubilee: The Movie in, oh, say, 2194!!
    And hopefully Jubilation will don the yellow trenchcoat and hang with Wolvie (who will be wearing a new brown costume) in his stand-alone movie.
    A Jubilee movie? It'd probably be as good as the Jubilee comic, which since I've never read it, I'm assuming is really bad.

    Besides, you've already had your live action, yellow trenchcoat Jubilee. Granted, it was that horrendous Generation X TV movie, but beggars can't be choosers. Plus, the X-Men movie Jubilee with her like 4.5 seconds of screen time.


    Back to the main topic, the more I think about it, the more potential I see in a Magneto movie. If done properly, I think it could be just as good (maybe even better), than the Wolverine movie they're developing.
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    Re: Magneto: The Movie!!

    First, there was a Generation X movie?

    Second, as the biggest Jubilee fan on, well, at least this board, I can say with authority that "sucks" doesn't begin to describe her "comic" (and I use that word loosely). So much potential squandered.
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    Re: Magneto: The Movie!!

    Quote Originally Posted by El Chuxter
    First, there was a Generation X movie?
    Believe it and be glad you missed it.
    It aired in 1996 on Fox.
    See the pic below. Jubilee (Heather McComb) is the one on the bottom right in the red Addidas style shirt. Maybe she didn't wear the coat in it.
    The *ahem* big names in the cast are Fiona Hughes and Matt Frewer.
    IMDB has the entire cast.

    But it still cound not have been worse than the Nick Fury TV movie that Fox did with Hasslehoff.
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    Re: Magneto: The Movie!!

    Oh yeah that made for television Gen X movie was a real stinker. I actually forgot it even existed, which is a good thing.

    As far as this Magneto pic goes I like the idea but if 20th Century Fox is going to start doing spin-off movies of the X-Men characters I think there are other charcters that would prove far more interesting. If they're set on doing a prequel of sorts I'd rather see something along the lines of the Summers brothers story and how Xavier's school was first developed. This would also satisfy my need to see Havok on film.
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    Re: Magneto: The Movie!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hellboy
    If they're set on doing a prequel of sorts I'd rather see something along the lines of the Summers brothers story and how Xavier's school was first developed.
    Well, if it's a prequel that involves Magneto and Charles, it would include the formation of the school. Since Xavier and Magnus did start up the school together originally.

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    Re: Magneto: The Movie!!

    Yeah you might be right about seeing the schools formation. Based on the write-up in this weeks Entertainment Weekly I suppose its possible but unfortunately it seems we won't be seeing any younger versions of the X-Men since they wouldn't have been born yet.

    "It's going to take place from 1939 Auschwitz up to 1955 or so," says writer Sheldon Turner of his just-announced "period" prequel to Fox's X-Men franchise. An exploration of villain Magneto's "psychological roots," Turner's script will also shed light on the youthful mutant's friend-then-nemesis Charles Xavier. Just don't look for Ian McKellen, 65, to get his helmet on.
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