“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.