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Ian McKellen Hasn't Seen Magneto Origins Script

McKellen readies for The Hobbit and says he's waiting for Magneto script.

Ian McKellen told Sci Fi Wire that while pre-production for Guillermo del Toro's The Hobbit, he has been promised that he will be involved.

As for "X-Men Origins: Magneto," Fox has stated before that they are putting the movie on hold and want to see how "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" does first.  It seems that David Goyer has written a script but McKellen still hasn't seen it.
"I haven't read a script, no," McKellan said. "It's not come my way. I'm here and ready and waiting, but I think if they do do a spinoff of Magneto, it'll be about the young man, the young Magneto."

The success of the upcoming prequel film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which stars Hugh Jackman, could determine Magneto's prospects.

"If the Wolverine movie does well, well, probably they'll just make another Wolverine movie, won't they?" McKellan mused. "I was told that there would be a Magneto spinoff, and anything else I'd say would just be guessing. That was a long time ago."
I suppose the question is, if they do make another Wolverine movie, would they make a Magneto movie at the same time or would it get pushed back further?  Would the movie just feature a young Magneto or would they span his entire life?  That could prevent future spin-offs if they tell his whole story.  Plus he is a complex character and it'd be a shame to squeeze it all into one movie.  Guess we'll have to wait and see what happens after Wolverine storms the theatres.
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Posted by King Saturn
I really hope Ian McKellen isnt too old when the actually get started on the film production on this movie..
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Posted by Marvel Knight

Isn't it supposed to be his origins? He should be a younger magneto then, younger actor.

Posted by xerox_kitty

He sounds keen to be Magneto again :)  

But I think he's right, it would probably be based on earlier episodes of his life like the concentration camp or meeting Xavier for the first time.  The best that I would hope for is that they don't rewrite his history too much... like making Mystique the mother of Polaris and/or Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch.
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Posted by King Saturn
Marvel Knight said:
"Isn't it supposed to be his origins? He should be a younger magneto then, younger actor."
True... but they could have it like Ian McKellen as Magneto looking back on his life reflecting on his earlier days or something...
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Posted by Marvel Knight
King Saturn said:
"Marvel Knight said:
"Isn't it supposed to be his origins? He should be a younger magneto then, younger actor."
True... but they could have it like Ian McKellen as Magneto looking back on his life reflecting on his earlier days or something..."
He would still only have a small part though.
Posted by King Saturn
Marvel Knight said:
"King Saturn said:
"Marvel Knight said:
"Isn't it supposed to be his origins? He should be a younger magneto then, younger actor."
True... but they could have it like Ian McKellen as Magneto looking back on his life reflecting on his earlier days or something..."
He would still only have a small part though."
Yeah... but its possible he may not even be alive when the film goes into production....  God Forbid
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Posted by Marvel Knight

He doesn't have a health condition does he?

Posted by King Saturn
Marvel Knight said:
"He doesn't have a health condition does he?"
Not that I know of... but he is nearly 70 years old... ( I thought he was older than that though actually )
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Posted by Marvel Knight

There are some really healthy guys that are 70, and alot of people live way past 100. He has just a good chance of dying as Jackman does before Wolverine comes out *knocks on wood*

Posted by King Saturn
Marvel Knight said:
"There are some really healthy guys that are 70, and alot of people live way past 100. He has just a good chance of dying as Jackman does before Wolverine comes out *knocks on wood*"
But not a lot of actors live way past 100... and I thought McKellen was at least near 80 years old... hell Clint Eastwood is... and they look like they are around the same age...

lol
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Posted by Fable.

McKellen for life :)

Posted by King Saturn
Fable. said:
"McKellen for life :)"
LOL
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Posted by NiteFly

No McKellen in an upcoming Hobbit movie seems like a bad omen.

Posted by Meteorite
Marvel Knight said:
"Isn't it supposed to be his origins? He should be a younger magneto then, younger actor."
I think I heard they would use digital stuff to make him look younger.
Edited by mrenb

A Magneto movie.  Not feeling it.  I think audiences will feel the same.  Doubtful it will happen.  Why do it?  Not a good idea.  They will let this Wolverine movie be, and after another year or two,  whoever is responsible, will spurt out some "young X-Men" type movies, featuring characters along the New Mutants line. 

Edited by Matches
mrenb said:
"A Magneto movie.  Not feeling it.  I think audiences will feel the same.  Doubtful it will happen.  Why do it?  Not a good idea.  They will let this Wolverine movie be, and after another year or two,  whoever is responsible, will spurt out some "young X-Men" type movies, featuring characters along the New Mutants line. "
Magnet has a very fascinating power, it would not be hard to make a wildly entertaining movie about him and his life. Probably wouldn't have the same feel as the X-men movies, probably be more like "Heroes" and show him in his struggles, discovering his powers, overcoming them and then eventually using his powers for bad.
as for that fact he hasn 't read the script, Ian McKellen could just rock up on the day and do the movie flawlessly, he is a "super saiyan" actor
Posted by Pania
Meteorite said:
"Marvel Knight said:
"Isn't it supposed to be his origins? He should be a younger magneto then, younger actor."
I think I heard they would use digital stuff to make him look younger."
While that was o.k. to de-age a 60 year old man to his forties for a five minute scene in X3, de-aging a 70 year old man to his teens and early twenties for an entire two hours is just not economically feasible. It was send the cost of the film sky high.

They are going to use a younger actor.
Posted by White Mage
Pania said:
"Meteorite said:
"Marvel Knight said:
"Isn't it supposed to be his origins? He should be a younger magneto then, younger actor."
I think I heard they would use digital stuff to make him look younger."
While that was o.k. to de-age a 60 year old man to his forties for a five minute scene in X3, de-aging a 70 year old man to his teens and early twenties for an entire two hours is just not economically feasible. It was send the cost of the film sky high.

They are going to use a younger actor."

Agreed.  Ian McKellen played him nicely in the X-films.  But sooner or later, he needs to learn that Magneto wasn't always old. 
Posted by Korg
NiteFly said:
"No McKellen in an upcoming Hobbit movie seems like a bad omen."
Where did you hear this?
Edited by Pania

Once again, I wish I could say I had good feeling about this movie. But everything I have heard about it from Fox and Goyer says it's going to be crap. They simply do not understand what they are dealing with and are going the "big special effects vehicle" route. I would LOVE it if they went the "V for Vendetta"/"Munich" route with this, but they aren't. The thought provoking drama inherent in the character is being chucked out the window in favor of a "Anakin Skywalker (Yes, Goyer has compared the character to being like Anakin Skywalker)/Hannibal Lecter" style characterization. "He always was a dick, he is a dick, and he becomes a dick." (Why does Hollywood think this is entertaining, or even vaguely interesting?)

Unfortunately, McKellen not hearing anything doesn't make me feel any better about the production. At this stage it is my sincere hope that it is shelved until Marvel can buy the rights back.

Posted by John Valentine

V for Vendetta was ace.

Posted by NiteFly
Korg said:
"NiteFly said:
"No McKellen in an upcoming Hobbit movie seems like a bad omen."
Where did you hear this?"

Oops, misread the first line of the thread.  My worries are gone.
Posted by The WeatherMan

He can still play Magneto, they would just use that technology like they did in X-men 3 where they made him and Xavier look young. That's what I heard the plan was.

Posted by Darkchild

I hope they do a movie for Magneto it could be awesome

Posted by Korg
The WeatherMan said:
"He can still play Magneto, they would just use that technology like they did in X-men 3 where they made him and Xavier look young. That's what I heard the plan was."
There isn't any plan as of yet, hence Sir Ian not having been shown a script. He will be far too old to play a younger Magneto in his origin movie. I think he will make an appearance in the beginning, then it ill flash back, and will end with him again.
Posted by Aurora

I can't wait for the magneto movie! but I think they'll need a younger actor if it'll be an Origins film.  McKellen did great in the X-men movies, but I think they'll need someone else...maybe someone else who could show him being a bit more powerful? Honestly, in the X-men movies, they held magneto's powers back alot....he's alot stronger in the comics, even for his age.  But I still like the idea for the movie...but they'll need to give him more power...and a cool script. =-)

Posted by WonderBoy1132

He is amazing.. I hope one day he's given the opportunity to reprise the role!

Posted by th3_king

I hope sir Ian stays away from X-men now X-Men 3 sucked and the spin-offs will too, Sir Ian should focus the rest of his life on good movies.