You know things are a little quiet on a movie when the first update in months comes from someone who draws for a living. Anyhow, character designer Aaron Sims spoke to Splash Page about the current status of X-Men Origins: Magneto.
“Unfortunately, because of the writers strike, it got pushed off,” Sims said. “But they’re now back to the rewrites.”
Since “X Men Origins: Magneto” is still in conceptual form, it’s too soon to say much about it, except that obviously, like Wolverine , it will be an origin story — “where he started, where he got his powers, the very beginning.”
“Remember the scene [from ‘X-Men’] in the concentration camp where you see Magneto as a young boy? It just continues from there,” Sims said. “Some people thought that might be too dark, but I really like that. It’s a lot of death and mayhem.”
Magneto won’t be the only mutant — just like in “Wolverine”, there will be new mutants aplenty to keep Sims busy coming up with something to please and yet surprise the fans. “The fan base has a vision of what they should look like, and that’s always the challenge,” Sims said. “It was the same with ‘The Hulk.’”
But since director David Goyer is still finishing “The Unborn” and also has several other movies on his plate (from “The Invisible Man” to “Super Max” to “Baltimore”), Sims doesn’t have to realize his character designs too quickly.
“David’s like me,” Sims laughed. “He works nonstop. He’s not one of those kinds of writers or directors who ever stops. I’m surprised he has any time at all. But I’m fortunate to work with directors like him who I admire. I can’t say no to him.”
I’m not too sure what Fox are thinking regarding Magneto. If X-Men Origins: Wolverine is successful does that mean they will focus entirely on a new Wolverine trilogy? Or will they green light Magneto as Wolverine has proved single character movies can work?
(Note to Fox: If David Goyer is busy directing other movies why not get someone else onboard? It’s not as though he is the best man for the job anyway!)