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Fox Lines Up X-Men: First Class
Written by Gossip Girl's Josh Schwartz

19 November 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: Variety

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If a movie studio can develop mutant powers, then we’ve discovered Twentieth Century Fox’s: 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 haven’t guessed, this is the official title of the Young X-Men pic that was announced back in September – and that’s pretty much all that’s known about it right now.

However, if this follows on from X-Men 3, then we can pretty much safely guess that Hugh Jackman won’t be back as Wolverine, Halle Berry probably won’t 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 – it’ll 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 it’s 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, he’s down with them and their street lingo, whatever that may be. But presumably it’s 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, he’s declined for now. But it didn’t 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.

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RE: The ONLY way...
L: Fluke Skywalker Yeah I suppose I'm seeing it more from the perspective of a fan as opposed to trying to make a film that would appeal to the masses, but I really liked all the future stuff and familial connections to Cyclops and whatnot w, man. That stuff all got to complicated for my liking. They got a bit carried away with it all. That's why I really liked Grant Morrison's New X-Men because it streamlined it all and tightened it up while keeping continuity but not acting as it's More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 09:59 on 26 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: The ONLY way...
Yeah I suppose I'm seeing it more from the perspective of a fan as opposed to trying to make a film that would appeal to the masses, but I really liked all the future stuff and familial connections to Cyclops and whatnot More

Posted by Fluke Skywalker at 16:08 on 25 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: The ONLY way...
L: Fluke Skywalker L: jimoakley666 L: Fluke Skywalker Someone needs to bring Cable to the big screen - hands down one of the coolest X Men characters - EVER! a ha. Good one, mate... Oh. Hold on. I thought you were kidding. o I wasn't kidding t;< fuck knows what this smilie means but it looks in distress so it's worth a try out don't know, man. That little smiley looks like it's got a gimp ball in its mouth or something. Not right, surely. But Cable cou More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 10:04 on 25 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: The ONLY way...
L: jimoakley666 L: Fluke Skywalker Someone needs to bring Cable to the big screen - hands down one of the coolest X Men characters - EVER! a ha. Good one, mate... Oh. Hold on. I thought you were kidding. o I wasn't kidding t;< fuck knows what this smilie means but it looks in distress so it's worth a try out More

Posted by Fluke Skywalker at 17:47 on 24 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: The ONLY way...
L: Fluke Skywalker Someone needs to bring Cable to the big screen - hands down one of the coolest X Men characters - EVER! a ha. Good one, mate... Oh. Hold on. I thought you were kidding. More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 09:03 on 24 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: The ONLY way...
Someone needs to bring Cable to the big screen - hands down one of the coolest X Men characters - EVER! More

Posted by Fluke Skywalker at 13:02 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

The ONLY way...
As much as I love to see X-men flicks on the big screen, the only way we will ever see movies that capture the spirit of the comics is if the rights revert to Marvel. AND I mean all the rights - from spidey and daredevil to X-men and the rest. Marvel will use their writers and exert creative control to build a product that will give fans and non-fans alike a lot of satisfaction. But i know the business doesn't work like that - Fox and Sony may not give back the rights in the near future. In the More

Posted by vineethchacko at 10:44 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

one thinks
X3 was a bit all over the place if they do this they'll need to ring it back in, and prof X is a must, don't care how they do it, clone his body and transfer his concious or something and try continue on from were they left off in X three. they could replace characters no problem, apart from the ones they got right such as prof x, beast, rogue and ice man , wolverine or jackman which ever doesn have to be there it's not essential as long as they get a good script and story to run with if the th More

Posted by SteadyEddie at 20:08 on 20 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
L: deathbat6661 No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, GOD NO! It'll be like that piece of shit Evolution series. You want to make the X-Men fans happy? Give us a goddamn Gambit film. 'm an X-Men fan and I could think of nothing I'd like to see LESS than a Gambit film. Shudder. I'd like Marvel to do an X-Men movie with Prof Xavier, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast and Iceman a More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 09:27 on 20 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
The point is not that they're out to make money - every business is and we all understand that. The difference is when a company sells a product ONLY for the money and cares not a whit about artistic integrity, quality or the customer experience (at least beyond the level where it puts enough bums on seats to make their money back). Surely you can see that's the point we're trying to make - or do you genuinely believe that product is product and companies are all equal in their qualit More

Posted by KeithM at 16:12 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

I never get why people complain that studios are doing stuff for bucks. Of course they're doing this film for the money. Just like pretty much every other film ever made. Movie studios are out to maximise profits. That's how businesses work. More

Posted by homerbert at 15:46 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

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L: deathbat6661  You want to make the X-Men fans happy? Give the franchise back to Marvel. orrected your post. More

Posted by KeithM at 15:07 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

Just a guess,
But given what we know about the Magneto movie, and the current trend for reboots I'd imagine that this film will follow on from Origins:Magneto, which will tell the story of the setting up of the academy, by telling the story of the first X-men (Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Iceman, and Angel) in the same fashion as the comic "X-Men: First Class" More

Posted by montimer at 14:46 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

We've already had a young X-men in the brutal for for of Generation X TV move that lump of arse that was Mutant-X. There's X-Factor, X-Force and X-Calibur to play with why go in a direction that has failed twice?! More

Posted by Big Red at 14:40 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

Xmen
There's a few comics doing the rounds that focus on the original Xmen in the early days that are pretty good, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Angel, Iceman and Beast (pre-blue 7 hair!). Might be cool to go back and do a prequel with a 60's/70's feel and wash the taste of the pathetic X3 out of my mouth... More

Posted by douglasmain at 13:43 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

Dear, Oh dear
What the hell? X-Kids? What a load of rubbish. Let's face it all 3 X-Films have been successful due to the popularity of Wolverine. If they cannot get the actors back, then why not reboot? It has worked for Batman, Hulk and James Bond. IF Fox have to release another movie, I would rather this than "X-Teenagers". More

Posted by Chris Hart at 13:01 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

This will be fucking terrible, I just know it. X-Men doesn't need an OC version of it. More

Posted by Filmfan 2 at 12:12 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

I have to admit that at first i like all the marvel films, one due to the fact that they were alright and two that fact that iam a marvel kind of guy. But wtf literally all they are doing is going for bucks, not for the story, this is just another film that will rake in all the kids for some summer mindless fun. Has marvel not seen The Dark Knight? More

Posted by Alex 3000 at 12:03 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

Continuation
Why not have a continuation of the story left in X3 but far far far far better, introduce a newish cast with a cameo of Professor X back to his professor ways and a new X team against Apocalyspe More

Posted by dholleyuk at 12:01 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

SUCKS!!!
This news does not surprise me. " X Men - the teenage years! " Jackman, Berry and co. are all now too expensive to hire so they off load them into their own films and bring in a bunch of young pretty teenage faces. Bleagh! If I wanted to see High School Musical 3 - I'd go and see High School Musical 3. Hate it when they try to kidify everything! I mean - look what happened to Star Wars................rubbish or what! More

Posted by ROTGUT at 11:46 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, GOD NO! It'll be like that piece of shit Evolution series. You want to make the X-Men fans happy? Give us a goddamn Gambit film. More

Posted by deathbat6661 at 11:45 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

New mutants
The New Mutants series from the 90s might work as a film but only if they introduce cable as mentor and please bring on Apocalyspe. The X films need a decent villain, even in the comics Magneto is kinda likeable and usually does the right thing in the end. More

Posted by sinj at 11:16 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

Ellen Page
What, so she was nominated for an Oscar, it now means she is too good to be in X-Men? Halle Berry won an oscar and still appeared in the X-Men films, even the third one, which was, let's face it, kind of s*it.......... More

Posted by JoeyG at 10:43 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

My two cents
I've got nothing against Josh Schwartz, Chuck is awesome - but, and it's a big but, everything I've seen created by him, including Chuck, has been the most fluffy throwaway entertainment I've ever laid my eyes on. I don't think X-Men needs to be taken in this direction. Bring the funny, for sure, just not Schwartz's particular brand of funny. With that in mind, why do they not just ask Joss Whedon to write the movie? Astonishing X-Men is awesome! More

Posted by sowasred2012 at 09:57 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

So it's X-Kids, then?
I really hope we're not gettin another prequel - that must stop now, it's getting ridiculous. But if it progresses from X-men 3 I wouldn't mind seeing a few characters developed (somebody PLEASE give Colossus and Archangel a decent treatment!) but that would def mean ditching a few big names, like Wolverine and Magneto. I would love to see Emma Frost make an appearance but I don't see the point if Cyclops isn't around. More

Posted by mighty mick at 09:50 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

Ooooh....
I love the X-Men comics. I love the first two X-men movies. The cast was fantastic. The writing was spot on. And then Fox fucked it up with X-Men 3. But not just "Oops. Silly me". No. For some reason Fox decided they would strap dynamite, grenades and a suitcase bomb to the series, cover it in petrol and blow it the fuck up. Then they pissed on it but before the flames could die down they threw on a crate of vodka, another barrel of fuel and went on to kick it to death. It real More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 09:46 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

bugger
I just dropped my cup of tea whilst I read hits bit of news and I don't believe it was coincidence !! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 09:35 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

Why can we assume Jackman won't be back?
I mean aside from the fact that this sounds like utter toe-gunk. If, as you say, it follows on from X3 then surely the Wolverine we all know and love will still be wandering around the X-Mansion with his hands clasped loosely over his head letting rip with that completely out of character, self-satisfied, smug-as-fuck, GOD-DAMN-YOU-BRETT-RATNER grin he had plastered all over his face by that 'ilm's end? Still, sounds well exciting. '_' More

Posted by O_Goncho at 09:05 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

sounds shit shit shit shit shit More

Posted by muchobenny at 08:21 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

Around the wrong way...
It's probably a prequel, where Prof X. and the original get together. Or maybe it's just a take on the New Mutants book, could be X-Force or X-Factor...uh...i don't know! I'm gonna see it anyway, whatever it is haha peace out you crazy movie lovin' bastards More

Posted by DigitalMan at 05:40 on 19 November 2008 | Report This Post

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