Chris Claremont on the James Cameron X-Men that never was

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Jun 13, 2014, 2:57 PM EDT

The story of James Cameron's attempt to bring Spider-Man to the big screen is prety well documented, at this point, but did you know that it came from initial discussions about the possibility of a Cameron-produced, Kathryn Bigelow-directed take on the X-Men? OK, maybe you knew that, too, but the tale gets all the more astonishing when related to us by legendary X-Men writer Chris Claremont when we sat down to talk to him about his work on Days of Future Past. Check it out in the video below.

For those not inclined to moving pictures, here's an excerpt:

It was going to be a Cameron-produced film directed by Kathryn Bigelow. What happened was that Stan and I went to a meeting with Cameron. The whole point was to pitch the X-Men movie. He was going to do it, he was going to produce it. He was looking to have Kathryn Bigelow direct it.

I was all set to talk ideas with the guys, and we're sitting there...Stan looks at him, and says, "I hear you really like Spider-Man." And Cameron's eyes light up, and he's, like, "Oh, man, I love Spider-Man!"...and Stan's pitching ideas to Cameron, Cameron's pitching ideas to Stan, and going back and forth. And the rest of us are sitting there kind of watching the X-Men evaporate into oblivion.

He (Stan Lee) knew which character was his favorite, and if I were him, I would have done the same thing. 

Are you sorry we never got to see what James Cameron would have done with the world of mutants?