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“Inception” changes Matthew Vaughn’s approach to “X-Men: First Class”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We knew Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” — much like James Cameron’s “Avatar” — would be a game changer. We just didn’t realize how quickly it would change the game.

It seems that right after director Matthew Vaughn saw Nolan’s mind-bending thriller, he went back to his “X-Men: First Class” screenplay and tore 12 pages out because they were too similar to some of the things he saw on screen.

“My heart sank when I saw that a few of the ideas we had were up [on the screen]. So it’s either leave it in and look as if you’re copying or change things,” Vaughn told Hero Complex. “We completely ripped out about 12 pages of the script and the storyboards” for a sequence he described as a dream-set fight sequence which had Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and other mutants tackling enemies in a spinning room.

Vaughn, who famously directed the beloved comic comedy “Kick-Ass,” also told IGN that he’s hoping his “First Class” reboots the “X-Men” franchise in the same way J.J. Abrams revitalized the “Star Trek” franchise last summer.

“He made a fantastically exciting reinvention of that world, with those great characters. And I think there will be comparisons a little bit with ‘X-Men: First Class .’ It’s very similar, in a way,” Vaughn said. “But we’re doing some cool stuff in this movie, some really cool stuff that you haven’t seen before,” Vaughn said.

He added: “The story that Bryan Singer came up with is very, very smart. It’s very clever when you see how he has integrated the characters into the time period where the film is set. I’ll put it that way. I just don’t want to give it away. … It’s a very clever way of getting these characters involved in recent history, in recent world events.”

Vaughn will begin shooting “First Class” later this month. It will be an origin story for the X-Men, of sorts. McAvoy will be joined by Michael Fassbender, Alice Eve, Kevin Bacon and Jennifer Lawrence of “Winter’s Bone.” It opens on June 3, 2011.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • October 16, 2010 | Permalink |

    I think that really hit girl should continue on as her self then some bad things happen and then she goes back to her routine of killing all the villains and if you were to make a new movie like this but about villains I wouldn’t there’s always the idea of “hitgirl” and a new teaming up with an hero who as the same capability as her and as to challenge her out but in the end the other dies and “hitgirl” as to make a promise that she would never kill anyone again but fails the promise and she as some trained assassin trying to kill her then she become victories and she as to kill all of the assassin community but then she wins against company then she as to some how get out the building and some how make it out with out the cops discovering her but all of a sudden she encounters another super hero who is a little bit like “rambo” he is in an helicopter she jumps on but only to find out he is a villain too but luckily she kills him and just as the helicopter was crash-landing she found a parachute. but when she was floating down she so the cops so she got on a motor bike that she planed to put there and drives off… then thats when you wait for another squeal.

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