Illustrated with over 300 stills and drawings, including the complete screenplay, the only book on the making of the spectacular X-Men 2 and the X-Men film franchise.
Outcasts from society, the X-Men are genetic mutants, born with superhuman powers, who harness their special abilities for the greater good. But the human race they fight to protect rejects and fears—even hates—them.
Initially realized in the Marvel Comic Book adventures, the first X-Men major feature film was released by Fox in 2000, directed by Bryan Singer, who had previously directed Apt Pupil and The Usual Suspects. Its stunning success—theatrically grossing nearly $300 million worldwide, and becoming a video and DVD phenomenon—signaled the current wave of comics to film adaptations and guaranteed the sequel, which reunites the principal cast members and the original's key creative team, including director Bryan Singer, cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel, and production designer Guy Dyas.
The new X2 will feature several surprises, including favorite mutant characters from the vast X-Men comics universe, who are new to the film franchise. 300 color illustrations.
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Bryan Singer previously directed and co-produced X-Men, Apt Pupil, and The Usual Suspects. He lives in Los Angeles.From Publishers Weekly:
What would convince a director like Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects) to take on the project of adapting a venerable old comic series like X-Men for film, much less embark on a series of X-Men films, especially considering he had never even read the comics? This handsome volume more than ably provides the answer. It conjures a rich universe where mutants-the next evolution in human history, according to Marvel Comics-with names like Cyclops, Storm, Rogue and Wolverine become less muscle-bound action heroes and more grand, emotionally complex, mythological figures fighting prejudice and intolerance. Not surprisingly, the story attracted A-list talent like Singer and his laurels-heavy cast. The book's chatty opening text (which details Singer's introduction to the X-Men in all their mutant glory), the lavishly detailed art and storyboards, and complete text of the shooting script illustrate well not only the dedication of the members of the film crew to this peculiar mythos, but the ways in which they have expanded on it since the first film. The book will satisfy the desires of raving fans and the more cinematically inclined; it's a coffee-table book that both camps will actually read through, cover to cover; that great two-page spread of Wolverine in action doesn't hurt, either.
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Book Description Newmarket Press, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1557045771
Book Description Newmarket Press, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111557045771