Fox attracts Goyer for 'Magneto'


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" spin-off for Twentieth 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 the two eventually became mortal enemies. The characters would not be played by Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart, who originated them in the 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 are already hard at work on another "X-Men" spin-off, "Wolverine." That project, which already has a working screenplay, is on the fast-track hunt for a director and will likely 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."