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Magneto Warms Up for X-Men Spinoff

Variety says Twentieth Century Fox is developing an "X-Men" spinoff focusing on the formative years of mutant evildoer Magneto. Creatively dubbed "Magneto," this project will be developed concurrently with a planned Wolverine movie and the third "X-Men" installment.

The original "X-Men" movie touched upon Magneto's genesis during a WWII-era concentration camp sequence. Variety says "Magneto" will follow a young Mr. Magneto during the same time period.

"I pitched a film that is almost 'The Pianist' meets 'X-Men,' about a guy who, after watching his family slaughtered, has an awakening of his powers and seeks revenge," says "Magneto" writer Sheldon Turner.

Uh, okay. Weird pitches aside, "Magneto" will also feature a youthful Professor X, who meets Magneto after the war. It's not known what role -- if any -- "X-Men" stars Ian McKellen (the wizened Magneto) and Patrick Stewart (the aged Professor X) will play in the spinoff.

A production schedule and release date have not been released.

For more "X-Men" news -- including these quickly-multiplying spinoffs -- visit our spotlight page. -- Mac Slocum

Posted by Mac on December 13, 2004 08:15 PM
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