What direction is X-Men: First Class taking?
Studio executives reversing casting decisions as we approach the project’s start date is one thing; Not knowing what direction to take with the film is something else entirely.
According to Roger Friedman at Showbiz 411, Fox is concerned about this project and its financial outlook. While James Cameron’s Avatar was a success-and-a-half-squared, some of their recent films have been duds at the box office (Knight and Day, Marmaduke – I wonder why?) and they want to make sure X-Men: First Class is a big hit next summer.
Expect our worst fears – they’re looking to Twilight-up the next X-Men movie with younger hot guys (hence the kick in the butt for Ben Walker). Friedman’s sources say that Fox even looked into the availability of Taylor Lautner… uh oh.
It seems director Matthew Vaughn may be working under the conditions he hates so dearly – that of lack of control. With only a month left before principal photography begins in London, the filmmakers and the studio need to figure out what story they’re going with and what characters work within it. We’ve already seen a pile of rewrites on the script, originating with Josh Schwartz’s screenplay which was taken over by Thor writers Zack Stentz and Ashley Edward Miller, before Bryan Singer brought in Jamie Moss (Street Kings) and later, Matthew Vaughn bringing in Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass).
If we don’t hear something soon about the casting of some of the main characters in X-Men: First Class, I wouldn’t at all be surprised to see Fox unveil the likes of Cyclops, Jean Grey and the (new) Beast at Comic-Con in two weeks.
Otherwise, let’s hope for some delays so we don’t get a rushed and messy disappointment. We need a good X-Men movie after X3 and Wolverine failed to bring us back to joy of the first two Bryan Singer films.
I want to say to you that there’s no need for concern, because this stuff isn’t uncommon within the industry and a lot of this could be blown out of proportion. But I am concerned. We all saw what happened with the last two movies so that speaks for itself.
X-Men: First Class opens June 3, 2011.
Source: Showbiz 411