May 6 2010

X-Men: First Class Gets Date And Director

Mark your calenders, kids.  June 3, 2011 will see the release of X-Men: First Class.

This long rumored prequel to the successful X-Men franchise finally found a director in Matthew Vaughn who just came off of Kick-Ass.  So, in other words, 20th Century Fox just hired a director who just had a very mild success to direct a movie in just 13-months to rush out an entry in its successful franchise … oh yeah, this doesn’t have disaster written all over it.  Not at all.

The official of the description of the film is:

X-Men: First Class, following the classic Marvel mythology, charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.

Now, here’s the problem, in the comic books the team was made up of Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, The Beast and Angel, but in the movies they have shown there is no way these five can make up the core team. So who in the world the “first class” will be made up of makes no sense. Will it be Storm, Cyclops, Jean Gray and … I have no clue.

The production time has me really concerned. Most major movies require at least two years of production time, and they are going to bang this out in 13 months?

The sad thing is that I enjoyed Kick-Ass, but it isn’t doing well, and a rushed production could make this director look bad.  I don’t know, this just doesn’t bode well for what could be a great movie if done properly, and instead we’re getting a rush job to meet a release date.  Anyone remember Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes?  Same situation.

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