‘Inception’ Forces ‘X-Men: First Class’ Rewrite

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For many, Christopher Nolan’s Inception ends at the controversial final frame, but for X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn it caused more work. Vaughn quickly found glaring similarities between the use of the dream world in both films, prompting him to rework up to 12 pages of the First Class screenplay.

Every year, films accidentally and purposely steal ideas from other movies. This is the simple nature of filmmaking, but Vaughn’s respect for Inception and desire to create something totally original forced him back to the writing stage.

As X-Men: First Class continues to round out its cast, Vaughn is putting the final touches on a screenplay that has already gone through multiple revisions. Hopefully his work will erase the atrocities of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The connection to Inception‘s plot device suggests that the First Class story may have taken an intriguing angle.

In a recent interview with the L.A. Times, Vaughn discussed his bittersweet adoration for Inception:

“I saw ‘Inception,’ which I loved, but my heart sank when I saw that a few of the ideas we had were up [on the screen]. So it’s either leave it in and look as if you’re copying or change things. We completely ripped out about 12 pages of the script and the storyboards.”

In the Comic-Con footage for Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch, there were obvious similarities to Inception‘s reality-escaping dream world. But no matter how good Inception is, does it really warrant a monopoly on the dreamscape?

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It would appear Vaughn sought to engage the audience with more than just the dream world. His intentions were to create a fight between Professor X and other mutants within “spinning rooms and other physics-bending imagery.” Too close for comfort for the director of Kick-Ass.

I would like to see how Vaughn deals with the dream world using the X-Men characters. I quickly imagined some kind of enhanced reality with each mutant’s powers exponentially greater in the alternate world.

Vaughn is making the right move here, but ultimately it seems a little rash. The world will always seek comparison between movies that share moments, but if he is as creative as Kick-Ass would suggest, Vaughn could have found a way to make his scene unique and riveting on its own. If anything, Nolan paved the way.

X-Men: First Class opens on June 3rd, 2011.

Source: L.A. Times

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  1. Well it would of made sense. Basically in the mind Xavier is one of the most powerful mutants he can walk and he has incredible strength. It was always bad as when Xavier threw down in a mind battle. Would of been cool to see.

  2. @Mike E. and Daniel F.

    I don’t think anyone has to feel too bad about the ripped-out twelve pages: Both of you make the point that Vaughn is creative enough to make the dream/alternate reality/danger room scenes work with his own take; maybe, this is how he’s going to do it. We can always hope, right? If he’s redoing those pages (removing them from the script at large to gain fresh perspective), we might just be in for a great movie-going treat.

  3. I think Vaughn would have left the scenes in if Inception were not out right now.
    It is too fresh in peoples minds if it were a couple of years down the road his decision would have been different .

  4. I don’t think it would’ve been a big deal if Vaughn left those pages in the script. However, I think it’s pretty admirable that he did so for the sake of originality and creativity.

  5. That’s a little bit to much. Dreamscape is perfect for this movie.

  6. While Inception certainly does not hold the “dream world” firmly in “original” grip (as good as the film may be, I laugh myself into a stupor everytime I hear how ‘originial’ it is by having a mind twisting alternate dream reality…it is simply what you DO with it that matters. That’s what differs Inception from say, Vanilla Sky or the early 80′s Dreamscape)

    But given this news I wondered if one of the ‘first class’ was Jason Stryker (who could bend reality) or better yet, Mastermind. Could it have been The Danger Room? I hope that it wasn’t the latter, having been let down some by its use in X3. But if so, it just got snipped.

    Great news!

    But I could see the reasoning behind it. First Class (without Wolverine) is a hard ticket to sell, and it will probaly be okay, but the last thing you want is someone pointing the finger at you and proclaim that they ‘stole’ something from another film.

  7. the only thing i have an issue with is everyone knocking x-men origins wolvorine is that bryan singer whe he started x-men said that it was the x-men in its own universe as it would be in our type of reality. so the characters coming in at different times and in different ways is how the universe has been created.

    • I think he’s Sebastian Shaw.

  8. I see this as good news. One of the biggest issues with X-Men III was owed to such a poor script. I hope this signals a desire on the filmmakers’ part to deliver something truly well-done and not merely a film to cash in on the “X-Men” name.

  9. Sounds like he knows how things work – even if the script was written prior to Inception opening, if it happened to be similar people would make the comparison and say it was lifted regardless.


  10. paul bettany for cable!

  11. With all of these rewrites this movie better be good. At the least better than the first xmen movie.

  12. yeah did it seem to anyone else that the A-team was alot alike The Losers
    especially scenery