Last May Comics2Film reported that 'Gossip Girl' creator Josh Schwartz had tipped himself as working on a top-secret project concerning Marvel and 20th Century Fox's 'X-Men' series.
Now, six months later, the trades reveal the full truth: Schwartz has been hired to write the script to breath fresh life into the aging franchise. 'X-Men: First Class' is the name of the project, borrowing the title from a recent comic series by Jeff Parker and Roger Cruz, which retold the early days of the core five students: Cyclops, Iceman, Marvel Girl, Angel and the Beast.
It's not clear if the movie will follow that storyline or formula, and act as a reboot of the franchise with younger actors, or if it will simply be a more youth-oriented extension of the current franchise. Back in May, Schwarz told BlackBookMag.com he'd be using lesser-known, teenage characters. However, those remarks were hastily removed from the BlackBook website.
It's also possible that Schwartz will direct the movie, although he has not signed on in that capacity yet.
Lauren Shuler Donner, who shepherded the X-Men to the big screen in the first place, wil produce the film, along with writer-turned-producer Simon Kinberg.
Variety reports that work continues on the 'X-Men Origins: Magneto' movie and there's newfound interest in a 'Deadpool' film that would spin Ryan Reynolds out of the upcoming 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' pic.