Last week I brought you a story about the busy, busy career of David Goyer. His teen supernatural thriller The Invisible hits theaters today. The Dark Knight, Jumper, Super Max, Here There Be Dragons -- all of these projects have Goyer's name attached in some capacity. Well, add another big one to the list. It has just been announced that Goyer will direct the X-Men spinoff Magneto. The first three X-Men movies grossed over a billion dollars worldwide, and as long as that cash cow is giving milk, you can bank on many more films from the X-Men family. In fact, another -- the X-Men prequel Wolverine -- will hit theaters before Magneto. Wolverine will be written by David Benioff (who wrote one of my favorite recent screenplays --25th Hour), and Hugh Jackman will return as the mutton-chopped mutant. A director for Wolverine should be announced very soon.

Magneto will be an "origin story," and the plot, hinted at by the other X-Men films, is as follows: "Magneto comes to grips with his mutant ability to manipulate metal objects as he and his parents try to survive in Auschwitz. Magneto meets Professor Xavier when the latter is a soldier liberating the concentration camp." Sounds like some heavy subject matter for a comic book flick! Magneto will try out and shape his powers "by hunting down and killing Nazi war criminals who tortured him, and his lust for vengeance turns Xavier and Magneto into enemies." There was talk for a while that McKellen would reprise his role using the digital retro-aging techniques used in X-Men: The Last Stand, but that idea has been scrapped, and that's probably for the best. It sounds like if you want your McKellen fix, you'll have to hope they use a flashback structure, because Magneto and Professor Xavier will both be played by actors in their 20's. This doesn't leave a whole lot of exciting possibilities. I hope we don't wind up with Ashton Kutcher in a purple helmet and Seann William Scott in a bald cap.

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