Inception's dream sequences force X-Men: First Class rewrites

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

You may have been thrilled, puzzled, moved, bewildered, excited or confused by Inception, but one thing we're willing to bet is that your heart didn't sink when you watched Christopher Nolan's latest hit. No, only one person felt that way—director Matthew Vaughn, who suddenly realized he'd have to make massive changes to the script for X-Men: First Class.

Vaughn, who's working on the X-Men prequel film in London, took a break yesterday to catch a showing of Inception, and was horrified to discover that the film's dream sequences meant he'd have to scrap at least a dozen pages of the script for First Class.

"I saw Inception, which I loved," Vaughn said today. "But my heart sank when I saw that a few of the ideas we had were up [on the screen]. So it's either leave it in and look as if you're copying or change things. We completely ripped out about 12 pages of the script and the storyboards."

According to herocomplex:

The jettisoned sequence was a sort of dream-space combat, according to Vaughn; that reminded me of "psi war" scenes like the one ... from The Uncanny X-Men No. 117 way back in 1979, but the filmmaker said for the film the fight involving Professor X (James McAvoy) and some other mutants was to going to be presented with spinning rooms and other physics-bending imagery—visions that he felt drifted too close to signature moments in "Inception."

Do you think Vaughn was right to react this way? Or should he have left his planned storyline intact?

X-Men: First Class is due to be released June 3, 2011.