Fu­ture of X- Men

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - SHOWBIZ - By LEO BAr­r­A­CLOUGH

DI­REC­TOR- writer- pro­ducer Bryan Singer, who is an exec pro­ducer on X- Men TV se­ries Le­gion for FX, and Peter Rice, chair­man and CEO of Fox Net­works Group, dis­cussed the ge­n­e­sis and fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of the X- Men fran­chise at the Ed­in­burgh In­ter­na­tional Tele­vi­sion Fes­ti­val last week.

He said one of the rea­sons he was drawn to the first X- Men movie, re­leased in 2000, was it res­onated with him emo­tion­ally.

“There has to be some­thing in the main char­ac­ter or in the story that I con­nect to. I have a knack for en­sem­bles. I like groups of peo­ple. Each ( project) is in­di­vid­ual. In X- Men it is just that feel­ing of be­ing iso­lated,” he said.

“I had is­sues grow­ing up with not be­ing a good stu­dent and sex­u­al­ity is­sues, what­ever they were, and I iden­ti­fied with the X- Men char­ac­ters as be­ing out­casts, so I re­sponded to that. And from there it grew into ‘ Wow! This is a cool uni­verse.’ But I al­ways knew I wanted to make the movies I waited in line to see as a kid: big- bud­get ac­tion­ad­ven­ture movies.”

Singer re­called a cri­sis dur­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the first X- Men film, which he sees as “the birth of the mod­ern comic- book movie.”

“X- Men col­lapsed – we lost our en­tire crew, we couldn’t get a bud­get or script, or any­thing. We were sit­ting on the floor of a small of­fice in West L. A. past­ing pieces of pa­per to­gether try­ing to con­struct a story. It was the night be­fore Thanks­giv­ing. But we didn’t let it go... and part of that is we all knew what we were try­ing to do: make a se­ri­ous story based in a comic uni­verse; let’s take X- Men and make it real.”

Speak­ing about Le­gion, Singer un­der­scored its con­nec­tion with the movies. “What we are do­ing with Le­gion and the other X- Men tele­vi­sion project will re­late to fu­ture X- Men movies – whether it is Dead­pool or X- Men se­quels, and past ones,” he said.

Rice re­called a con­ver­sa­tion with Singer about what an X- Men TV show would look like: “How do we en­sure that it wasn’t a 45- minute at­tempt to make an X- Men movie. And again, to look for ( a writer- di­rec­tor) who had a re­ally dif­fer­ent, idio­syn­cratic per­sonal film­mak­ing aes­thetic, which is how we came to ( Fargo writer) Noah Haw­ley.”

Singer said Haw­ley has “cre­ated some ex­tra­or­di­nary vi­su­als to com­ple­ment what will be a re­ally am­bi­tious and fun and very unique sto­ry­line.” – Reuters

dan stevens plays mu­tant david haller in the up­com­ing TV se­ries Le­gion, which is part of the X- Men uni­verse. — FX

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