We’ve been hearing for a while now that there would be two spin-offs from the X-Men franchise before we see a fourth group X-Men installment (if it happens at all). Last month there were unconfirmed reports that X-Men: The Last Stand director Brett Ratner would be helming a Wolverine movie, and now this month we have an official announcement regarding a Magneto prequel. It seems that after being released from The Flash feature film project, David Goyer is making up for lost time, and he has now been named director of Magneto in addition to the handful of other projects he has on the go.
The story will take place during World War II, with a young boy learning to use his magnetic mutant abilities as he and his parents try to survive at Auschwitz concentration camp. Magneto comes into contact with Professor Xavier here as a soldier trying to liberate the prisoners. It has been said that the movie will probably not feature much involvement from Ian McKellan or Patrick Stewart since the story will rely on unnamed actors in their 20’s to play the younger counterparts (what, no fancy make up job like in X-Men: The Last Stand?). Goyer will direct from a script by Sheldon Turner (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, The Longest Yard). I know Goyer’s name puts a lot of fanboys at ease, but I still say he’s got a spotty track record, particularly when behind the camera. I’m not expecting much from this film.