Specifically, copying, pasting, and printing the following letter four times:
“To Whom It May Concern,
Recently after much back and forth, it was announced that Matthew Vaughn would be directing theX-men: First Class movie. This comes as no surprise due to his former involvement with X-men: The Last Stand and recent success with comic book movie Kick-Ass. I am thrilled with this creative choice. Ecstatic even. However, in conjunction with this announcement, a troubling release date was also given. June 3, 2011.
With only a story in place, I do not believe 13 months is enough time to make the quality film that the long comic book history of the X-men has earned. As you are probably aware, this release date is in the vicinity of other highly-anticipated comic book movies Thor, Green Lantern, and First Avenger: Captain America. The first has finished principal shooting and is currently in post-production. The second is well in the midst of principal shooting. The last had their cast finalized a few weeks ago and is finishing pre-production preparations for principal shooting in the coming months.
X-men: First Class, has done none of these things. As you can imagine, this is worrisome to me and my fellow X-men fans for the quality of the end product for a number of reasons –
First, this situation very closely mirrors that of the X-men: The Last Stand production, in which Matthew Vaughn was given inadequate time to prepare and subsequently resigned from the film. While production pressed forward in spite of lacking a prepared leader, the film, while financially a moderate success, was not received well by critics as well as a majority of fans. While possible, it is highly unlikely that such a rushed movie will be comparable to the aforementioned three movies, especially in light of the extensive ensemble cast that is required of an X-men film.
Second, as you know, successful actors often plan a year and more ahead in terms of roles they accept in order to ensure a steady income. If principal shooting does not commence for six months, there is still a high likelihood that many actors and actresses who are best suited for the roles will be unavailable due to prior commitments. As a result, many iconic characters may be forced to be portrayed by people who are second, third, and even lower choices. The saving graces of X-men: The Last Stand were the proven actors in their well-rehearsed roles. Such short notice may even prevent those actors from returning to the franchise, which will require recasting and create a jolting dissonance from the rest of the series.
Finally, the synopsis promises the X-men will face “the greatest threat the world has ever known”. As a reader of the comics, I am forced to assume this is referring to arguably the X-men’s greatest foe (outside of Magneto): Apocalypse. A villain responsible for an epic and classic movement in the comic franchise’s history, certainly a single movie can not adequately self-contain his history and impact, much less that of Professor X and Magneto’s friendship and it’s demise. Involving “other Mutants (some familiar, some new)” in the plot would be little more than an afterthought, which is nothing to say of the “First Class” of student X-men the title promises. Both X-men: The Last Standand X-men Origins: Wolverine suffered from a surplus of characters that could not receive screen time they needed. A handful of interesting, well-developed characters is much more valuable than a multitude of shallow ones.
As a fan of the X-men series, I urge you to consider a very viable option: push the release date of X-men: First Class back to the summer of 2012. An additional year will (for the most part) alleviate these issues and ensure a higher quality, carefully-executed movie that will please movie-goers and critics. With less dense comic book movie competition, it will perform much more consistently at the box office. And finally, it will enhance your reputation for handling the beloved franchise with care. Thank you for your consideration of the fan’s desires.
Send it to the following addresses:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
10201 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
9465 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Bad Hat Harry Productions
151 El Camino Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Phillip Raskin (Matthew Vaughn’s agent)
9601 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
I’m totally serious about this for reasons that should be clear in the letter. Do this for me, even if you’re indifferent on the matter. I’ll even reimburse you for the stamps if you really want me to.