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EW Scoops X-Men 3

Published March 6, 2006 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image from 20th Century Fox
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Entertainment Weekly has recently posted what they consider a 'scoop' for their upcoming issue (Sopranos on the cover) that will offer an article or two on X-Men 3: The Last Stand.

X-Men 3 Talk in EW

Popwatch, over at the official site for EW, recently posted this report in anticipation of the next issue's release:

In less than three months, we'll all have the answer to one of the biggest questions on the minds of movie buffs everywhere: Will X-Men: The Last Stand live up the high standards of the franchise? Until it hits theaters on May 26, however, you'll have to divine answers from Tim Stack's story in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, in which he tackles such subjects as what the movie's about, how exactly Brett Ratner took over the director's gig from Bryan Singer, and whether The Last Stand will, in fact, be the last stand for everyone's favorite big-screen mutants. Here's what he found out:

The end of X2 seemed to set up a third installment focusing on a Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix story line that would follow the evolution of the goody-two-shoes character (played by Famke Janssen) into a super-baddie. But the driving plot of The Last Stand turns out to be the discovery of a "cure" for mutations. Why the switch?

"To start and end the movie with just Dark Phoenix is silly," says Marvel Studios CEO Avi Arad. "It's not enough -- you run out of story." But Twentieth Century Fox chairman Tom Rothman says the new direction will still thrill: "It has one of the coolest beginnings. It begins with [Patrick Stewart's] Xavier and [Ian McKellen's] Magneto together as young men." And devotees of Halle Berry/Storm (pictured with, from left to right, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Kelsey Grammer) will be relieved to know that the weather-wielding mutant is central to the third film and, more importantly, has a new wig.

I love how the report skips over the fact that it took a couple of directors before Brett Ratner finalized his seat in the X3 director's chair. Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake) was originally the replacement director for Bryan Singer but was later replaced claiming that he did not want to leave his family for a prolonged period. However, a scoop was later sent to us claiming that Vaughn had too many creative conflicts with the X-Men team and that was the real reason he stepped down from production.

Check out the entire 'scoop' over at EW.

X-Men 3 comes to theatres on May 26th.

For the trailers, latest rumors, movie stills, scoops, set pics, movie info and synopsis, go to the X-Men 3 Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.

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