Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Magneto: The Prequel like Hannibal: The Prequel?

A recent interview with producer Avi Arad about the upcoming Magneto movie suggests that the movie will look at a younger Magneto after the World War II concentration camps and show his rise to "greatness". Basically, nothing we didn't already know.

So, the question is, is Magneto going to be a good movie? Can another actor fill the shoes of Ian McKellan? Will it be like the time some no-name guy tried to fill the shoes of Anthony Hopkins to play the Academy Award-winning character Hannibal Lecter, where that movie ended up tanking and sucking and getting very bad reviews? While I don't think Magneto will suck to the same extent that Hannibal Rising apparently sucked (I haven't seen it - yet - so can't comment), I can't imagine it will be very easy to do a film that is both engaging as a "life-building" movie and as an action movie as X-Men fans will of course be asking for. You're going to replace two and possibly more very good actors (Patrick Stewart being the other) with younger actors, put them into a story that won't ask for the same kind of climax or action, and expect the film to make $200 million domestically?

I'll have to see it to believe it...

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