Director Matthew Vaughn Edits X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Script After Seeing INCEPTION

     August 2, 2010

While working on X-Men: First Class in London recently, director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) took a little “me time” to check out Christopher Nolan’s Inception. So, how was the screening, Mr. Vaughn? Per the Los Angeles Times:

“I saw ‘Inception,’ which I loved,” Vaughn said Monday. “But my heart sank when I saw that a few of the ideas we had were up [on the screen]. So it’s either leave it in and look as if you’re copying or change things. We completely ripped out about 12 pages of the (First Class) script and the storyboards.”

I can empathize with Vaughn on this one. After seeing Inception, I had a similar mixed feeling of, “Wow, that was great,” and “I should just throw away every screenplay I’ve ever written and/or will write from here on out.” For info on what material from First Class got the boot as a direct result of Inception, hit the jump.

Vaughn says that the removed sequence revolved around “dream-space combat,” and featured Professor X (James McAvoy) and other mutants fighting amidst spinning rooms and “other physics-bending imagery.” While I wouldn’t be opposed to seeing visuals similar to Inception‘s within X-Men: First Class, I can respect Vaughn for wanting to do his own thing. Also, although the sequence in question will likely never see the light of day, I have to admit that I like where Vaughn’s head is at in terms of the visual style of First Class.

Revisions aside, X-Men First Class is scheduled to hit theaters June 3rd, 2011 and currently stars (I emphasize currently because Fox may have more knee-jerk reactions up their sleeve) James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Alice Eve, and Kevin Bacon.


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