Written by Gossip Girl's Josh Schwartz|
by Chris Hewitt, published on November 19, 2008
If a movie studio can develop mutant powers, then weve discovered Twentieth Century Foxs: the ability to create X-Men spin-offs.
Not content with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, out next May, and the in-the-works X-Men Origins: Magneto, Fox today confirmed that it has recruited Josh Schwartz, creator of TV's Gossip Girl and The OC, to work his teeny magic on X-Men: First Class.
And, in case you havent guessed, this is the official title of the Young X-Men pic that was announced back in September and thats pretty much all thats known about it right now.
However, if this follows on from X-Men 3, then we can pretty much safely guess that Hugh Jackman wont be back as Wolverine, Halle Berry probably wont show up and, given that Cyclops and Jean Grey are dead, and Professor X was last seen occupying the body of a coma patient, that this will indeed feature the likes of Colossus, Shadowcat, Iceman, Rogue, Siryn, Jubilee and others glimpsed briefly, if at all, in the X-trilogy. OMG itll be like High School Musical with mutants! (And, hopefully, less singing.)
Whether or not those roles will be played by their originators is also in doubt, given that that would mean Ellen Page, for example, returning to play Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat. And we've got a feeling she might have moved on.
But its still very early days yet. Schwartz has, of course, been brought on board because he gets kids, and not in a creepy Child Catcher sort of way. No, hes down with them and their street lingo, whatever that may be. But presumably its something phat about Super Nintendos and hippity-hop.
Most interestingly, though, Schwartz has also been offered the directing gig but, perhaps cognisant of the leap from producing a TV show to directing a mega-budget movie, hes declined for now. But it didnt stop JJ Abrams and now look at him, so there might yet be time for Schwartz to reconsider.
Lauren Shuler Donner, the lady with the keys to the X-Men kingdom, will produce, along with X3 scribe, Simon Kinberg.