One of the busiest men in Hollywood today, Michael Fassbender returns to the big screen tomorrow with Steven Soderbergh's Haywire. That's after a 2011 that included leading roles in Jane Eyre, A Dangerous Method, Shame and X-Men: First Class, the last of which is headed for a sequel. Today, Fassbender spoke with IFC about his thoughts on exactly where another X-film might take Erik Lehnsherr.
“You know what’s interesting about Magneto and Professor X from the comic books as well, is there’s such a complexity to their relationship," he explained, offering the notion that Magneto need not necessarily become a full-fledged villain. “It’s not just like clear-cut enemies; they’re best friends as well. In the comic books, even after they’ve had this sort of rift, Professor X asks Magneto to come back and look after the students at certain points... I think there’s always that complexity in their relationship and we want to keep that alive as possible, because that’s I think a really interesting thing — the conflict there.”
There's not yet word on when a First Class sequel might move forward, but Matthew Vaughn is tentatively expected to return to the director's chair. Fassbender, meanwhile, can also be seen later this summer in another genre quasi-prequel, Ridley Scott's Prometheus.
Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class prequel was one of the most lauded superhero movies of 2011, and Fox CEO Tom Rothman told us last year that they're doing everything possible to get the director back for a sequel. In a new Deadline story about Fox's President of Production Emma Watts renewing her own contract through 2015, there's a matter-of-fact mention that the company has closed the deal for Vaughn to return to direct the unnamed sequel, working from a script being written by Simon Kinberg (X-Men: The Last Stand, Jumper, Sherlock Holmes) and with Bryan Singer once again producing. It's a given that all the original cast from the first movie signed a multiple picture deal in their contract so we expect James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender returning as Professor X and Magneto respectively. It may be some time before we learn whether any of the rest of the cast, such as Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique or January Jones' Emma Frost, will be included in a follow-up to the prequel or if any new X-Men characters will be introduced.
MTV got a chance to talk to Simon Kinberg about writing and producing the untitled X-Men: First Class sequel, to again be directed by Matthew Vaughn.
He said: "I’m a huge X-Men fan. I grew up loving the comic books and it was really exciting to be able to do the origin story of Xavier and Magneto, and getting those two actors, [James] McAvoy and [Michael] Fassbender, were really amazing. So being able to explore those characters with actors of that quality will be exciting a second time around, and doing some things unexpected with those characters, which is the plan."
Kinberg added that the second film would involve a lot more Magneto. "That’s what was so cool about the first one and what we want to continue. Magneto becomes the villain ultimately of the franchise but he’s a much more complicated character as a young man. He’s someone you sympathize with, you care about you root for even though might not necessarily agree with his methods, you understand his philosophy."
Heat Vision reports that Twentieth Century Fox plans on beginning the shoot for its X-Men: First Class sequel in January, meaning that there will be no conflict over Jennifer Lawrence with Lionsgate over the filming of The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire.
The trade says that Fox was originally planning on filming the Matthew Vaughn-directed "X-Men" follow-up this fall, which would have conflicted with Lawrence's Catching Fire, a movie Lionsgate is targeting for an August-September start date. If that had happened, however, Fox would have won out considering the studio would have been able to exercise the sequel option on her contract, which she signed before her "Hunger Games" deal.
Lawrence will reprise her role of Mystique and is expected to be joined again by the likes of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Caleb Landry Jones and Lucas Till.
MTV chatted with Twentieth Century Fox Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom Rothman, who talked about both the sequel to X-Men: First Class and the Fantastic Four reboot.
He says that director Matthew Vaughn is definitely back for the X-Men: First Class follow-up and that they'll start shooting in January of 2013 for a release either Christmas 2013 or Summer 2014. Vaughn is currently developing the script with Simon Kinberg and Jane Goldman, he says.
Rothman also mentioned that he does indeed think that Chronicle director Josh Trank will come on board to develop the Fantastic Four reboot.
You can watch the segment, in which he also touches on a possible Chronicle sequel, here.
20th Century Fox has announced a July 18, 2014 release date for their untitled X-Men: First Class sequel.
Reports from last month indicate that the project is likely to shoot in January of 2013 to avoid scheduling conflicts with star Jennifer Lawrence, who will soon be shooting The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. She's expected to reprise her role of Mystique alongside James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, January Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Caleb Landry Jones and Lucas Till.
The first film, released last year, grossed over $350 million worldwide. Director Matthew Vaughn will return to direct the sequel.
If you were like us and enjoyed the heck out of X-Men: First Class, then you probably wanted to see a sequel as soon as the credits rolled. Unfortunately, we have to wait until July 18, 2014 to see any more of our favorite mutants. Details about the sequel have been few and far between as of late but this newest rumor could prove to be the most interesting if true.
Over at Ain't it Cool News they're reporting a rumor about what Fox is cooking up for the X-men.
One of my little birds Weapon X recently dropped me some information that 20th Century Fox had recently registered the title DAYS OF FUTURE PAST with the MPAA Title Registration Bureau.
For those of you not in the know on X-Men lore, "Days of Future Past" dealt with a time-traveling Kitty Pryde warning the present day X-Men that in the future Sentinels rule the United States and all mutants are put in internment camps.
If true, Fox will probably shy away from this exact story in favor of a version of it to fit this movie universe.
What do you think? How does time travel and alternate realities sound to you?
Yesterday was a busy day for us at Comic-Con and before the Sony panel for Neill Blomkamp's Elysium, ComingSoon.net/SuperHeroHype had a chance to sit down with the movie's producer Simon Kinberg, an incredibly prolific Hollywood writer and producer, and we asked about one of his other key projects, the sequel to 20th Century Fox's X-Men: First Class which he's currently writing.
Kinberg has been working closely with Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman on the script with hopes to start shooting next spring for its July 2014 release date and that's been taking up the bulk of his life.
Kinberg admitted the "X-Men" franchise is one he absolutely adored but more importantly, he gave us a few hints on the direction they'll be taking with it and the characters they want to focus on.
"I'm not allowed to even breathe a word of any sort of details but I can say that the things that we thought worked well in 'First Class' were the characters, especially the four or five lead characters. The Charles-Erik relationship was obviously incredibly resonant and James and Michael did such an amazing job as those characters. Jen Lawrence and Nick Hoult, that's a really interesting relationship between Raven and Hank, so we're really going to be focusing on character and personally I really liked the period aspect of 'First Class' so we may well do that."
We also spoke with Kinberg about his relationship with developing this reboot of sorts with director Matthew Vaughn and the decision to bring him back after he departed X-Men: The Last Stand quite suddenly.
"I was involved with X-Men: The Last Stand and I was the producer of X-Men: First Class, so I was with (Matthew) for both since he was going to direct X3 and Matthew and I and Zak Penn really wrote that together. Matthew was in the room with us breaking the story and then he went away off X3 for various reasons and when 'X-Men: First Class' came back around, which I developed with Lauren Schuler-Donner and Bryan Singer as producers. Right around the time 'Kick-Ass' came out, we were looking for a director and we all saw 'Kick-Ass' and we all were like, 'You know, we wanted him before, he's a fantastically-skilled director…" I mean, I thought 'Kick-Ass' was astounding, another sort of groundbreaking movie, and we ended up back in the X-Men world with him. I thought he did such a great job with 'First Class' that it gave us all license to do some really ambitious things with the sequel."
We also wondered how important it was that these prequels connect to the other three movies, because we certainly found a few discrepancies in First Class which were somewhat distracting, being that we're such fans of the characters and some of the things done in the first three movies. Here's what he said on whether these movies should be seen as prequels or straight reboots.
"It's an interesting thing and I wouldn't know how to define it because we tried to be as respectful as possible in 'First Class' to the 'Singer-verse,' to 'X1-3' really, and there are places where we diverged from that and broke that, but there were other places where we were really respectful to, like even little silly things like the Rebecca Romijn cameo, so we are constructing it with 'X1-3' in mind. There may be some places where we don't line up perfectly but it is something we are very aware of and want to be respectful of and the people who are responsible for those movies--Lauren Schuler-Donner, Bryan Singer and Fox--are all involved."
Look for the rest of our video interview with Kinberg over on ComingSoon.net, talking about Neill Blomkamp's Elysium sometime soon.
Following rumors a few months back that 20th Century Fox had bought the URL DaysOfFuturePast.com, a Russian site called StarkIndustries.ru (via Latino-Review) are claiming that Fox are going with X-Men: Days of Future Past as the planned title for the currently Untitled X-Men: First Class Sequel.
Those who've read the comics know that the two issue story, taking place in Uncanny X-Men #141 and 142 way back in 1981 during Chris Claremont and John Byrne's run, introduced the idea of an alternate future for Marvel's mutants that comes out of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants killing an important senator, leading to a future where all mutants are hunted by Sentinels.
If this is in fact the plan, this opens up a lot of intriguing ideas since the original two-part story heavily featured Wolverine (who only cameod in X-Men: First Class) and an older version of Kitty Pryde, who appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand, as played by Ellen Page, but not in First Class either. The storyline also introduced Rachel Summers, an alternate future spawn of Scott Summers and Jean Grey, and the ultimate Sentinel called Nimrod.
The choice to explore this storyline is also interesting since writer Simon Kinberg recently hinted to SuperHeroHype that the sequel would focus on the relationships between Professor X and Magneto, as played by James McAvoy and Mike Fassbender, and Mystique and Hank McCoy, as played by Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult, and that they'd retain the period aspect of First Class. With that in mind, we can probably assume that the sequel won't be a direct adaptation of the Claremont/Byrne story but will use elements from that storyline.
Rumored earlier this week, the sequel to 2011's X-Men: First Class is officially titled X-Men: Days of Future Past. IGN scored a confirmation directly from the film's producer, Bryan Singer.
"It's called 'Days of Future Past'," he told the site. "It deals with aspects of that comic, but also some very new things."
The comic book storyline, "Days of Future Past" ran in Uncanny X-Men #141 and 142 way back in 1981 during Chris Claremont and John Byrne's run and introduced the idea of an alternate future for Marvel's mutants that grew out of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants killing an important senator, leading to a future where all mutants are hunted by Sentinels.
As you can see in the video player below, Singer also says that the hope is to expand the X-Men franchise to become as complete a world as the interconnected film universe of Marvel's The Avengers.
Since the release of X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006, there have been many rumors about a fourth entry in the franchise even after the release of the Wolverine solo film and the prequel X-Men: First Class. Newsarama is now reporting that Patrick Stewart basically said he's coming back, but in which film?
At the 2012 Montreal Comic Convention, he was asked by a fan about returning to the series and he replied "I think there is every possibility" and then began to say the names of his female co-stars "Halle Berry! Famke Janssen! Rebecca Stamos! Anna Paquin!" Stewart then said, "yes, I'll be reprising..."
While this is not official and frankly might be Patrick Stewart messing with all of us, could we see him return to the big screen in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past? Check back here for more details as they emerge.
With Patrick Stewart already winking at us about a possible return to the X-Men franchise, it is to be expected that more actors in the franchise would talk about a possible return. This time it's Famke Janssen who spoke about the subject with MTV.
"One never knows. Jean Grey, the Phoenix … she finds a way to reincarnate herself constantly, so one never knows." But she closed the interview with this, "(I'm) in no position to say anything. I have no idea, stay tuned."
With the next X-Men film being titled X-Men: Days of Future Past, it stands to reason that we could see characters from the original series make an appearance. Check back here for more details as they emerge.
It seems Mark Millar is already hard at work as the creative consultant for Fox on their Marvel properties. He spoke with SFX magazine (via Total Film) about the upcoming X-Men: First Class sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past, and it sounds exciting.
"Vaughn is going for a big sci-fi style thing with X-Men: Days of Future Past," Millar said. "It's X-Men meets The Terminator, You've got robots, you've got time travel, you've got superheroes - it's got everything in one film."
So it sounds like those pesky Sentinels will finally be making their way to the big screen in more than just the Danger Room.
The film is currently slated to begin production in January of 2013 with a target release date of July 18, 2014.
In a surprise move, X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn has elected not to helm the upcoming sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past. Deadline is reporting that, among those being considered to replace him, is X-Men and X2's Bryan Singer, who also produced Vaughn's 2011 film.
Scheduled for release on July 18, 2014, X-Men: Days of Future Past boasts a script by Simon Kinberg and is said to be inspired Chris Claremont and John Byrne's comic book storyline that ran in Uncanny X-Men #141 and 142 back in 1981. "Days of Future Past" introduced the idea of an alternate future for Marvel's mutants that grew out of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants killing an important senator, leading to a future where all mutants are hunted by Sentinels.
Vaughn is rumored to instead move forward with his proposed feature film, The Secret Service, an original property that re-teams him with Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar. He will still maintain a creative connection, however, to X-Men: Days of Future Past, remaining aboard as a producer.
The news comes on the heels of this morning's reveal that the studio's upcoming The Wolverine will not be a prequel as originally suggested but will, instead, take place after Brett Ratner's X-Men: The Last Stand.