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Jekyll Island, Georgia Doubles for Muir Island in First Class?

Just in exchange for a little sand...

   Muir Island, as depicted in the comics.
 Muir Island, as depicted in the comics.

My left hand is gripping my right wrist… trying hard to control myself… but… but… but I really hope that X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is going to do some scenes in Hyde Park while it’s shooting in London, because the Savanah Morning News is reporting (by way of SHH) that the producers have just decided to shoot on Jekyll Island.  

Get it? Jekyll & Hyde? I couldn’t resist.

While most of this latest mutant movie has been shooting “across the pond,” this development brings production back stateside, as Jekyll Island is a resort off the coast of Brunswick, Georgia. Curiously, the report says that part of the agreement requires the production to leave 375 cubic yards of beach-quality sand at the location in exchange for a 15,000 film credit. I suppose that’s akin to letting a movie crew shoot in your living room on the condition that they leave you a new couch and coffee table. == TEASER ==

I remember early reports about the movie people trying to find a suitable island location in South America, so it’s clear that we’re guaranteed at least some “island action.” Considering how crazy the plot details have been, I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a scene where Xavier and Magneto arrive on this island in a seaplane and are greeted by a Ricardo Montalban promising to make their fantasies come true (+5 honorary XP points if you get the reference.)

A little less fancifully, I think it’s pretty obvious that this will probably be Moira MacTaggert’s haunt, Muir Island. Georgia doubling for Scotland - - who’d have figured?

Since we’re on the FANTASY ISLAND kick, why don’t we play a little game. Imagine , if you will, that you’re on the island and you get to make your widlest, X-MEN-movie related fantasies come true. What would you make the next mutant movie be? Would it be riff on FIRST CLASS or something entirely, dangerously different?

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of    HYBRID BASTARDS!  &   UNIMAGINABLE . Order them on Amazon   here   &     here .