Producer Calls X-Men: First Class A Reinvention Not Reboot; Promo Image Of Magneto Released!
Lauren Shuler-Donner talks the reinvention of the franchise, the challenges of placing it in the 60s and its James Bond influences. PLUS: An image of Magneto in full X-Men attire glimpsed in the first shot of the cast has been released...
The upcoming issue of SFX Magazine features an interview with the producer who has overseen all of the X-Men movies, and below are a few extracts posted on their site earlier today. You'll be able to read the whole thing when #209 hits stands next week.
On The "Reinvention" Of The X-Men Franchise:
"X-Men: First Class is very, very different to its predecessors. It’s got a different style, a different tone. I believe you have to not just reboot but reinvent. So how do you do it? You make its world unique. You use its strengths. Make it of its world. Nolan’s The Dark Knight is vastly different to Favreau’s Iron Man. They’re very different movies, and that’s how you distinguish them. You stay true to your world."
On The Challenges Of Getting The Audience To Accept A Period Movie:
Unfortunately it always is. There’s a generation that went through it, and then there are generations that didn’t, and do not know that time, and we don’t ever want them to see it as a history lesson. But that’s another way to stay unique and different."
On The James Bond Feel To The Movie:
"Yes, it’s got a Connery early ’60s Bond feel to it. Michael Fassbender’s Eric Lehnsherr has definitely got a Bond element to him. And of course we tried to stay true to the look of the ’60s, the wardrobes and the hair. We took a few liberties, but mostly we’re in that world. And then we have the real events of the time to ground us."
The New York Times meanwhile have posted the following image of Michael Fassbender as Magneto in his full X-Men uniform. If this looks familiar to you, it's because we've already seen it in the first highly criticised image of the cast which was leaked online earlier this year. However, this is a much larger, clearer version and it'll be interesting to see whether one of these exists for each of the characters featured in that banner.
X-Men: First Class is set to be released in the UK on June 1st and in the US on June 2nd.
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