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STEPHEN MELCHING'S X-MEN ANIMATED ARCHIVE

X-MEN -- "Sanctuary - Part Two"
Outline dated 3/29/94


Page 2: Another funeral for another person who isn't really dead? Please could you just show the X-Man talking informally about Magneto over coffee or something, not have another death ceremony in the garden.


Also on this page, it will not be acceptable to show or imply that Gambit is being tortured. Please remove the electrodes. He may be imprisoned, and Cortez could threaten never to release him, or some such. Let's discuss alternatives. (Again, his name should not be "Cortez.")


Page 3: As noted above, delete "more voltage."


Page 4: Please do not have Xavier state overtly that there's "a good chance some of them won't be returning from this mission." We would prefer emphasis on the importance of the battle, not its potential for fatality.


Page 5: It will not be acceptable to destroy a landmark such as the Eiffel Tower. Perhaps Cortez could blow up a mountain, or some such. Also on this page, Gambit should not be bruised or appear to have been beaten.


Page 8: Please do not have Gambit grab Cortez by the face or neck.


Page 10: It will not be acceptable to imply that Magneto injures or kills Cortez here. Please devise a way to show Cortez escaping.


Page 11: Please delete or substitute for the phrase "reborn to serve a new lord."


TO: FOX BS&P
FROM: ERIC LEWALD
RE: "X-MEN" - OUTLINES
DATE: MONDAY, APRIL 4, 1994


Here are some reactions to your notes an the two outlines. Let me know if I'm too far off base here. Otherwise, you might just wait to see how the scripts play out.


"Sanctuary - Part Two" (#300-49)


p. 2 - Yes. No "ceremony" in necessary here -- simply an informal gathering where some of the X-Men say how they are feeling.


p. 2 - I knew this would be tough. Yes, let's please discuss alternatives. Just saying, "I'll never let you go," isn't very dramatic. I also understand that we can't show torture. Is there a middle ground? Can we show Gambit a little roughed up (torn uniform, a bruise or two)? Can Cortez threaten to soon toss him off into space? How can we show this brash bad guy to be bad?


p. 3 - Fine.


p. 4 - How about a mixture: First, the mission is crucial to the future of the planet; and, second, it could be fatal.


p. 5 - A mountain in okay, though we'll think about it a bit. Also I think we should find a new landmark besides the Eiffel Tower. But I still do not understand what makes damaging landmarks worse than damaging unknown buildings or mountains. Surely no Frenchman would Complain.


BRUISES: Again, how else can we imply Cortez's evil acts against Gambit?


p. 8 - Fine.


p. 10 - Please consider the imminent ending -- where Cortez is saved by Apocalypse -- as being an answer. This bad guy has just endangered the entire planet, tried to kill countless people in the Asteroid and on the ground, and has destroyed Magneto's dream. I feel strongly that the audience will be anxious to see that he get a severe comeuppance, that his serious crimes be punished seriously. If he bails out and is fine, it will seem unjust. As it is, being saved by Apocalypse is no picnic.


p. 11 - Fine. How about "new master?"


X-MEN -- "Sanctuary - Part Two"
Script dated 5/27/94


Page 14: Please do not identify the location of the attack as Nevada, nor the dam as Hoover Dam.


Page 21: Please show that Chrome is only trapped behind the heavy equipment, not crushed under it.


Page 23: Please substitute something more like "followers" for Cortez' reference to Magneto's "loving disciples."


Page 25: Please ask the producers to send me a model for Unuscione, including what she looks like with her "exo-skeleton projected. And what does Wolverine mean, "she'd be a handful on date"?


Page 31: Please delete (or substitute "Magneto") for the underlined in Cortez' "Have mercy, Lord."


Page 33: We should see that everyone has escaped safely before the asteroid plummets.


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