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Friday, June 3, 2011
VAUGHN LOVES 'SCARFACE' & 'UNTOUCHABLES'
'X-MEN/FIRST CLASS' DIRECTOR NAMES DE PALMA, SPIELBERG, LUCAS, AND MORE AS INSPIRATIONS
Several reviewers of Layer Cake, Matthew Vaughn's 2004 debut film as director, pointed out that that film carried strong echoes of Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way. Now, as Vaughn's latest film, X-Men: First Class, hits theaters this weekend, Vaughn gives Comic Book Movie's Josh Wilding a whole list of his inspirations, which includes De Palma, and specifically De Palma's Scarface and The Untouchables. Here is Vaughn's response to Wilder's query of the filmmakers and films that inspire him:

Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark", Brian De Palma's "Scarface" and "The Untouchables", Robert Zemeckis' "Back to the Future", Sergio Leone's "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly", John Frankenheimer's "The Manchurian Candidate", and George Lucas' "Star Wars" and also his business model.

WWII, SPIES, LESBIANS, A POSSIBLE TRANSVESTITE... AND MYSTIQUE?
Meanwhile, Spout's Christopher Campbell, inspired by the release of the new X-Men film, has produced a list of "10 Mutants Who Need an X-Men Origins Movie." Campbell mentions that a previously mentioned Mystique movie, preferably directed by Brian De Palma, is still their first choice. Of that potential movie, Campbell wrote:

X-Men Origins: Mystique” would be very cool, because Raven Darkholme is such a fascinating villain. Her solo film should be set during WWII in her days as a spy and feature her lesbian partner, Destiny (or hetero partner if you subscribe to the theory that Mystique was born a man and has been disguising herself primarily as a woman “as the ultimate in transvestism”). Brian De Palma should probably direct this spin off, since it’ll kind of be like a cross between “Mission: Impossible” and “Femme Fatale.”

Of course, Rebecca Romijn, who played Mystique in the original X-Men films, was De Palma's Femme Fatale. While a younger actress would undoubtedly have to be cast in such a prequel, it would be exciting to see De Palma mixing it up with these elements within the WWII genre. The only problem with that is, the new films have altered the timeline to where Raven would be a toddler during WWII. Even so, perhaps Vaughn and Bryan Singer should give De Palma a call...


Posted by Geoff at 9:54 AM CDT
Updated: Saturday, June 4, 2011 6:20 PM CDT
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Friday, June 3, 2011 - 6:21 PM CDT

Name: "Harry Georgatos"

I'm still waiting for De Palma to be given the chance of making THE DEMOLISHED MAN with hopefully Leonardo DiCaprio, especially with DiCaprio coming off the mega-hit INCEPTION. That combination will definitely explode the box-office hit of De Palma's MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE hit. I remember reading somewhere that De Palma was not that interested in comic book superhero movies. The one graphic-novel adaptation that would be ideal for De Palma is a graphic novel from the 80's titled ESPER's. It's a cross of Islamic terrorism meets MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE and the paranormal telepathy of THE FURY. If De Palma makes that into a movie then I would definitely be in movie heaven!!

Saturday, June 4, 2011 - 6:14 PM CDT

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: http://www.briandepalma.org

ESPER'S sounds interesting-- I'll have to check that out...

Monday, June 6, 2011 - 4:15 AM CDT

Name: "rado"
Home Page: http://rado.bg

funny idea - good luck marketing it ;)

Monday, June 6, 2011 - 7:25 PM CDT

Name: "Kate"

I'm familiar with the comic book ESPERS and Brian De Palma was born to make these type of films.

Everyone said INCEPTION was too complex to make a profit but Nolan proved everyone wrong.

I think Harry is the only one who really knows what he's talking about rado.

Monday, June 6, 2011 - 11:25 PM CDT

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: http://www.briandepalma.org

I don't think Rado meant any insult to anybody, judging by the wink he placed at the end of his post. Please keep comments respectful.

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