"X-Men Origins: Magneto," the spin-off film focusing on the early days of Marvel's mutant master of magnetism, has been put on hold until 20th Century Fox is able to gauge the success of next year's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" in theaters.
In an interview with Superhero Hype, writer/director David Goyer said the studio likes the current script for the film and is waiting to see how the "Wolverine" spin-off performs in theaters before beginning production on "Magneto."
"I don't think they would consider moving forward until the movie comes out," said Goyer.
According to the official plot synopsis for "X-Men Origins: Magneto," the film explores the World War II time period in which Eric Lensherr (who later becomes Magneto) is a prisoner of a concentration camp and discovers his mutant abilities -- a period which was briefly touched upon in the first "X-Men" movie. Charles Xavier (Professor X) will also factor into the story, and the meeting between Xavier and Lensherr, their subsequent friendship and eventual parting of ways is detailed in the film.
Naturally, young versions of each character would be required for the film, but no casting has been announced thus far.
Previously, David Goyer had hinted to MTV that "X-Men Origins: Magneto" might get bumped back, and producer Lauren Shuler Donner offered up a similar vibe about the film. However, we did receive some insight regarding the look and feel of the film from character designer Aaron Sims back in October.
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