(I've had no home web access for about two days, so sorry if this isn't "news" news to you.)
Remember that little speculation I engaged in on Wednesday regarding whether or not Kevin Bacon was playing "the" Sebastian Shaw in Matthew Vaughn/Brian Singer's "X-Men: First Class?" Well, according to Harry Knowles - apparently based on a phone conversation with Singer - he is... and that's not all. From the sound of it (and, yes, AICN so take it with the usual healthy skepticism) Vaughn is being allowed (for now) to make the exact opposite of what one would expect from a Fox-backed comic property.
Go read the whole AICN piece, but the "bullet points" are as follows:
We'll see Professor X and Magneto meet and form the original X-Men.
Film is set in the Kennedy-era 1960s (making this the first Marvel movie to "line up" with the actual era in which the material was written!)
Bacon IS playing Shaw, and "The Hellfire Club" ARE the bad guys.
"The costumes will be far more comic-bookish than we've seen before." One imagines this means the X-Men will be wearing something like their yellow and black/blue Silver Age uniforms, one hopes this extends to certain members of the Hellfire Club as well...
It IS apparently still a "prequel" to the other X-movies; so no Cyclops, Jean Grey, etc. as they're too young in their films to have been around for this. Probably no Wolverine either, (though if there's ONE thing Fox would probably force on them as a condition that'd easily be it.)
...PLEASE don't let most of this be bullshit ;)
I mean, I'd happily settle for just a 90-minute text-crawl repeating "sorry about X-Men 3;" but this sounds really, REALLY promising.