EXCLUSIVE: David Goyer Says ‘X-Men Origins: Magneto’ Might Not Happen Anytime Soon

Recent comments from “X-Men” producer Lauren Shuler Donner have cast some doubt on the future prospects of “X-Men Origins: Magneto,” the David Goyer-penned origin story focusing on the mutant menace’s early years.

Donner said that while Goyer’s script is “brilliant,” the chances of the movie actually making it to theaters are dwindling. Certainly, it’s on the lowest rung of an “X-Men” ladder that already consists of a “Wolverine” sequel, a “Deadpool” solo movie and “X-Men: First Class.”

Speaking with MTV News, Goyer’s thoughts regarding the “Magneto” adaptation surprisingly mirrored Donner’s own—in other words, the “Batman Begins” scribe believes that “Magneto” should be on the back-burner.

“I tend to agree with her,” he said of Donner’s previously stated position. “[Fox is] still trying to figure out what they want to do, whether or not they’ll do a different ’X-Men’ movie next or another ’Wolverine’ movie next. If they want to make ’Magneto,’ that’s awesome. In the meantime, I’m just going to move on with my other projects.”

Goyer’s position is probably a healthy one given the wealth of projects on his plate including “Ghost Rider 2,” the Green Arrow-centric “Super Max” and a potential third “Batman” movie—but possibly most notable is “FlashForward,” the new ABC series that he’s currently overseeing.

Given that workload, it’s not surprising that Goyer is willing to set “Magneto” free—as the filmmaker and writer put it himself, he’s got more than enough to keep him busy for the next little while.

“Even taking ’FlashForward’ aside, I’m booked up for another year and a half,” he said. “I have no complaints.”

Given Goyer’s comments, do you think “Magneto” is dead in the water or will the Master of Magnetism strike again? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!