Variety reports that David Goyer will direct Magneto, the second spinoff from the successful X-Men movie franchise. Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman, is the first.
Magneto, written by Sheldon Turner (Wanted, The Longest Yard), tells the origin of the Master of Magnetism, which means Ian McKellen’s part likely will be limited.
In the movie, Magneto meets Charles Xavier, who is among the soldiers that liberate Auschwitz. Magneto then hones his magnetic powers by hunting down and killing Nazi war criminals, and his thirst for revenge turns he and Xavier into enemies.
According to the trade paper, the parts will be played by actors in their twenties.
The film is slated for a 2009 release.
Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Magneto first appeared in X-Men #1 (September 1963).