Friday, November 04, 2011

Second Class

In other news for Fox prequels, there's movement this morning on a follow-up to this summer's X-Men: First Class, which has had its fortunes linked with Rise of the Planet of the Apes since both films were rushed into production in summer of 2010. With Rise's sequel rumblings now beginning, it wasn't long until they started for the new Class, and writer Simon Kinberg has been drafted to craft the next story for the Marvel mutants' pre-franchise. No word on the timeframe we can expect the sequel in, what its storyline would be, or who else is involved, but as to Kinberg, I'm a little wary because of his role as one of the writers on 2006's abysmal X-Men: The Last Stand. Then again, he also wrote Sherlock Holmes, which I enjoyed quite a bit.

That said, I've watched First Class several times since my initial positive review, and while I'd hate to see it sullied by an unworthy second installment, I'm willing to give this one a little bit more rope given that the exemplary cast, headlined by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, are already signed, and director Matthew Vaughn seems like he'd be onboard as well, even spitballing ideas for the sequel around the time First Class was released. With Hugh Jackman's The Wolverine sequel still in the development pipeline with a new director and new release date, it sure looks like Fox intends to get the most out of the X-Men movie rights they've got an iron grip on. Here's hoping they've learned from the franchise's prior missteps.


Sabir Pirzada said...

We shall see. I thought X-Men: First Class was an extremely poorly made movie that limped through a mediocre story with fantastic acting by Fassbender and Mcavoy. Though it failed to live up to my expectations, I have hope they'll get it all right with the sequel.

Zaki said...

We're definitely in "agree to disagree" territory on FIRST CLASS. I see where you were coming from with your review, but I guess those things that really stuck out to you weren't as glaring to me. That said, we can at least agree on McAvoy and Fassbender.

One thing I do think they got wrong in hindsight is letting Magneto's descent happen much too quickly. If the STAR WARS prequels were treading water with Anakin's transformation for two-and-a-half movies, XM:FC crammed three movies worth of character bits into one movie. I wouldn't have minded if they let his dark turn be more of a drip-drip-drip instead of a switch-flip.