X-Men: First Class To Be Set In The 1960s!

Remember this epic fail?

How about this pile of excrement?

Things may just be looking up…

Preface: Harry Knowles gets phone calls from movie folk often.  Bryan Singer gave him a call tonight and they got to talking about X-Men: First Class.  Here’s just a tidbit.

First off – the film takes place in the 1960’s. John F Kennedy is the President of the United States. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X are on TV doing marches. There is a spirit of a hopeful future that was prevalent in that time. We will see how Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr met – and how they dreamt of a future with Mutant & Human kind. They’re going to be in their late twenties. Xavier – as played by James McAvoy will not be in his wheelchair to begin the film – but we will see how he wound up in a wheelchair. I asked if McAvoy would have a nice shiny chrome dome – and folks. We’re going to see Professor X when he still had hair. We’ll see McAvoy and Fassbender’s Magneto formulate what it is they are attempting by creating the X-MEN.

Source: Ain’t It Cool News

There’s a lot more to the interview, so check it out.

Commentary: I am not a big fan of the X-Men franchise as handled by FOX.  The first film was decent, X2 set the bar higher, but Last Stand and Wolverine were complete jokes.  First Class holds such promise.  I love the idea of setting the flick in the 60s.  No I’m not worried about any continuity issues.  Bryan Singer seems to have a firm handle as producer and made a wonderful choice for his director.  Matthew Vaughn has made two incredible films to date (Kick Ass and Layer Cake), so I have faith he will pull this together.   Making this resemble an early Bond film could work out like Led Zeppelin or go down like a lead zeppelin.  Great filmmakers take risks.  This is one roll of the dice I’m liking the odds on.

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