Perhaps nothing is as rare in movie news as what I’m about to report: a pleasant surprise. After Fox performed dry anal rape on the X-Men franchise by hiring Brett Ratner for X3, following it up with a lame Wolverine movie, and announcing that the Gossip Girls guy would write the teen version called X-Men First Class, today it seems they at least have the common godd*mn decency to give it a reach around. They got Bryan Singer (who also reportedly came up with the story) to produce, and he brought on Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn to direct. I can’t think of a better choice, except perhaps Diora Baird, our nation’s greatest hero.
“I’ve been a fan of Matthew’s since Layer Cake,” said Singer.
First Class chronicles the beginning of the X-Men saga, before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto and when they were discovering their powers for the first time. Close friends thn, the two men worked with other mutants (some familiar, some new) to stop a global threat. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men. The studio has dated the pic for a June 3, 2011 release. [Variety]
Fox making a good decision? I had to look out the window to make sure it wasn’t raining frogs and dogs and cats having sex with each other. Also, I never thought of this before, but X-Men is supposed to be an allegory for the civil rights movement — it’s interesting that Magneto is the Malcolm X, while Professor X is Martin Luther King, and yet it’s Xavier who ended up with the Black Muslim last name. And if you’re just joining us, this has been another exciting episode of “Deep Thoughts That Didn’t Go Anywhere.”
Oh and sure, make the Jewish one the bad guy. Typical Hollywood.