Exclusive: Producer Lauren Shuler Donner Talks X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Blu-ray/DVD, THE WOLVERINE and the DEADPOOL Film

     September 8, 2011


With the critically acclaimed X-Men: First Class available on DVD and Blu-ray this Friday (dubbed “First Class Friday”), Collider was invited to the 20th Century Fox lot for a media event celebrating that release and previewing some of the bonus features. Along with extended and deleted scenes, this ultimate collection has a Cerebro Mutant Tracker Portal that allows fans to access videos and information of their favorite mutants from the X-Men universe, along with 10 Marvel X-Men digital comics, an eight-part behind-the-scenes featurette, and an interactive feature that allows viewers to learn more about specific scenes.

Following the presentation, we got a few brief minutes to sit down with Lauren Shuler Donner, producer of the X-Men franchise. During the interview, we talked about the fact that all of the deleted scenes from the film can be found on the Blu-ray, what her favorite deleted scene is, how the success of the film has helped move along other films in the X-Men universe, and that she is currently prepping the next Wolverine film, but is also talking about a sequel for First Class and hoping that the Deadpool film will have a life, at some point. Check out what she had to say after the jump:

x-men-first-class-dvd-blu-ray-cover-art-michael-fassbender-01Question: Does the Blu-ray have all of the deleted scenes from the film, or were there some that you decided not to include?

LAUREN SHULER DONNER: No, they’re all on there.

Did you have any particular favorites, that you’re glad fans will get to see now?

DONNER: There is one scene where Charles (James McAvoy) and Erik (Michael Fassbender) first meet Angel (Zoe Kravitz), and they’re in a strip joint. Erik and Charles are trying to convince her that they have powers, so first Erik gets the bucket and pours some champagne, and then Charles turns Erik into a woman. Michael had red hair and a silly dress. And then, she says, “Oh, I see. I get it. Okay, now I’ll show you mine.”

I always loved it, but there were some sticky feelings at the studio. People just didn’t want to use it. For me, I think you needed that extra steam to convince them, but it works perfectly well without it. But, it was a funny scene, so I’m glad that is on the Blu-ray. It’s funny. Michael looks hilarious.

With the insane schedule that you had with this film, and with all the challenges you had in bringing this all to life,  what do you see now as the biggest rewards of its success?

DONNER: It was really hard. We had an insane schedule. We just didn’t have enough prep, and there was a lot to get done in a short period of time. But, when the movie came out, there were nice reviews, and people went to see it and seemed to like it, that’s the reward. It was done really quickly, and it was really, really hard, for a multitude of reasons, so it’s nice that people responded well.

I think we were spot-on in reinventing it, even to the music. I’m very attached to the old Michael Kamen score and initially wanted to reinvent that, but (director) Matthew [Vaughn] wanted to do a brand new score and he was 100% right. The thing that concerned me was that we didn’t follow the timeline, and I was afraid the fans would not like that. But, there were choices made between Bryan [Singer] and Matthew [Vaughn], and it all seemed to work for the story.

lauren-shuler-donner-imageHas the success of this film helped move along any other Marvel movies?

DONNER: Oh, yeah. I always feel like every film takes the franchise and hangs it in the balance. I personally feel the pressure that we have to out-perform the last one and satisfy the audience and make sure that they still want to stay with us. Since it’s been 11 years, we were very conscious that we had to reinvent it. (Director) Matthew [Vaughn] put a lot of James Bond into the film, and I think for good reason, so you weren’t seeing what you saw 11 years ago. Who wants to see that? You’ve seen that already.

What are the chances of a sequel for First Class?

DONNER: We are talking and having very big internal discussions about a sequel to First Class, to let it keep on going.

With the various Marvel properties that Fox has, what are you trying to get off the ground next? Will the Deadpool film still be happening?

DONNER: I’m hugely focused on The Wolverine film, with James Mangold, and I’m prepping that now. I’m also hoping that Deadpool will see a life. They are really big undertakings.

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