Exclusive: X-Men's Hellfire Club missed out on spin-off movie

Never got out of development hell

 
The Hellfire Club from the X-Men comics almost had their own movie, according to X-Men: First Class producer Lauren Schuler Donner. 
 
Talking about their inclusion in X-Men: First Class, she revealed: “Bryan wanted to bring another element into it. I had always wanted to do the Hellfire Club because they're really fascinating. I almost wanted to spin them off into another movie. So I mentioned the Hellfire Club to him and he grabbed and said, 'That is a great idea.'” 
 
A movie based around some of the best comic-book supervillains sounds like a corking idea to TF, so what was the hold up? 
 
“It didn't get to script,” Donner told TotalFilm.com. “It got to formulating who we would use and which story we would use because there's the whole Jean Grey part of the Hellfire story.” 
 
Which would Donner have plumped for, given the option? 
 
“I like the whole Jean Grey involvement. I thought that was really interesting,” she revealed.
 
X-Men: First Class is released on DVD and Blu-ray on 9 September in the US and 31 October in the UK. 

Who would you have chosen to play the Hellfire Club's main characters? And would those choices have been different to the X-Men: First Class casting? Tell us below! 

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    • Hadouken76

      Sep 8th 2011, 22:07

      pity Elektra and Catwoman didnt suffer the same fate

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    • Ali1748

      Sep 8th 2011, 22:30

      God January Jones is so hot.

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    • Hadouken76

      Sep 8th 2011, 23:21

      didnt Wolverine rescue a teenage Emma Frost from Strykers Lab in the 70s? Wha..?

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    • Ali1748

      Sep 8th 2011, 23:27

      Yes Hadouken.

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    • therealeverton

      Sep 9th 2011, 0:40

      No he didn't. They kind of led us to believe that was who she was but she's just 'diamond girl' and not Emma Frost at all. Almost everything that happened in that movie is being erased from existence; Deadpool's origins especially. Here's a quote re the Emma Frost / Diamond girl thing... "Is January Jones’ Emma Frost somehow the same character we saw in X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Donner: No, she’s Emma from First Class. That’s who she was and she’s the real Emma Frost. I think January did a pretty good job of portraying her. So there is no connection between the First Class Emma Frost and the one we see in X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Donner: No … not really, no."

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    • KingofSpain

      Sep 9th 2011, 9:32

      January Jones has a habit of rubbing people up the wrong way, and is very much disliked in the movie business. From what I've seen of her off camera, I'd have to agree with them. Major miscasting for the role, but I thought the movie was a turkey anyway, so not really fussed. Fox basically bough off all the reviewer outlets including TF.

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    • writerdave87

      Sep 9th 2011, 15:47

      Explain how in any way that film was a turkey?

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    • Ali1748

      Sep 9th 2011, 18:35

      Any examples King ?

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    • 5thghostbuster

      Sep 10th 2011, 9:09

      A turkey? You're kidding right. I thought the idea of a prequel sucked, basically because we'd already seen how badly that could go wrong in X-Men Origins. So I was amazed at the drama they were able to bring to a story that had to fit into the existing film franchise, while also sort of rebooting it. The Bond-style bits with Magneto hunting down Nazis are worth three stars on their own. Also doesn't a film have to lose a substantial amount of money to be classed a turkey? $192m profit doesn't really fit that category.

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