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Magneto Movie Is Still “in Development,” and What This Could Mean for ‘X-Force’

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In the wake of ‘X-Men: The Last Stand,’ 20th Century Fox planned a series of ‘X-Men Origins’ movies, with each film focusing on the early years of a particular mutant. As you know, a Wolverine one got made and the much talked about Magneto movie did not. However, a statement from a certain influential comic book writer has the internet buzzing again — what became of that Magneto movie? Will it ever actually get made?

Fresh off breaking the news that Fox was developing a film based on the X-Force team, Rob Liefeld continued the dialogue today, telling his Twitter followers all about the bumpy road of Hollywood development. Everyone’s ears pricked up when he mentioned a certain title while discussing ‘X-Force’:


Fans can take this as confirmation that a Magneto solo movie is still in development, or rather stuck in development. At the same time, Liefeld is also suggesting that a potential ‘X-Force’ movie could very easily go (if it isn’t already) in the direction of Magneto and may never officially be picked up.

Here’s what we do know about the Magneto solo movie, which has languished in development hell since 2006 or so. We know ‘Man of Steel‘ screenwriter David S. Goyer worked on a script, even toying with directing the project. We know that it would’ve focused on a young Erik “Magneto” Lehnsherr as he traveled the world in the 1960s, hunting down surviving Nazis and avenging the murder of his family during the Holocaust. Much of this ultimately made its way into ‘X-Men: First Class,’ but since Magneto’s Nazi-hunting adventures are the strongest scenes in the film, it wouldn’t surprise us if Fox has chatted with Michael Fassbender about starring in a solo film. After all, “It’s ‘Inglourious Basterds’ with ‘X-Men’” is one helluva pitch.

So, considering the success Fox has had with ‘X-Men: First Class’ and the hype surrounding ‘Days of Future Past’ and ‘The Wolverine,’ do you think the studio will eventually move ahead with a solo Magneto film? Let us know in the comments.

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