'Magneto' attracts Goyer

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David Goyer has been drawn in by the power of "Magneto."

The multihyphenate, whose thriller "The Invisible" opens today, has come aboard to develop with an eye to direct the "X-Men" spinoff for 20th Century Fox.

The project, which is in the early stages of development, focuses on a young Magneto, the villain of the "X-Men" movies, and his friendship with a young Professor X and how they eventually became mortal enemies. The characters will not be played by Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart, who originated them in the film series, but by actors in their 20s.

Goyer will be working off a script by Sheldon Turner.

Lauren Shuler Donner and Avi Arad are producing.

Fox and Marvel already are at work on another "X-Men" spinoff, "Wolverine." That project, which has a working screenplay, is on the fast-track hunt for a director and likely will be made before "Magneto."

CAA-repped Goyer wrote the screenplay for the upcoming Regency sci-fi movie "Jumper." He also directed 2004's "Blade: Trinity," the New Line movie based on the Marvel Comics vampire hero, and exec produced the Marvel/Sony superhero flick "Ghost Rider."
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