Variety reports that 20th Century Fox has set Sheldon Turner (“The Longest Yard,” “The Amityville Horror,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” prequel) to write Magneto, an action-thriller based on the villainous character played in the first two “X-Men” films by Sir Ian McKellen. “Magneto” will be the second extension of the film franchise, following a Fox deal with “Troy” screenwriter David Benioff to write “Wolverine” starring Hugh Jackman. However, the trade’s article does not make it clear whether or not McKellan will be in the film at all. “I pitched a film that is almost ‘The Pianist’ meets ‘X-Men,’ about a guy who, after watching his family slaughtered, has an awakening of his powers and seeks revenge,” Turner said. The character Charles Xavier will figure prominently in the story as a soldier in the allied force that liberated the concentration camps.
Comics Continuum has some words from the film’s special effects supervisor Kurt Williams, saying that the Human Torch “one of the most challenging characters I’ve ever done. We have to bring a flaming man onto the screen that doesn’t look animated. It has to feel like he’s really on fire. In order to do that, we’ve had to create different stages of his development, where, in the very beginning of the movie, he snaps his fingers and flame shoots up. It stars very small, and that’s going to feel like an actual flame element that doesn’t necessarily take over his body. Later on, as his skills become more refined, he has to actually create heat and the flame has to come off his body as a result. So what we’re doing is that we’re creating various layers and those are base layers combined in those images. We’ve got about six or seven layers we can put in any one shot depending on its intent, how hot he’s getting. When he goes super nova, it’s going to be very white hot. What happens is the heat will come off his hands, for instance, and like a solar flare off of the sun, as it lives off the hot surface, in the case of Johnny, that heat will be exposed to oxygen and then will create flame, just out from the surface of his hand.
Get ready for more Lois. The team at Kryptonsite caught the following tidbit from the recent issue of Entertainment Weekly: “Meanwhile, on the WB’s Smallville, this Canadian newcomer was so spot-on as Lois Lane that smitten producers are negotiating her return for next season.”
Alert viewers of ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” or “Boston Legal” might have caught the new commercial for the Jennifer Garner-fueled action film, due out January 14th. Slow-motion walking, Terence Stamp making grave pronouncements and all brands of ninja action signified what fans would see next month.
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