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Fox planning X-MEN: FIRST CLASS film

Studio to breath new life into Marvel Mutant franchise

By Rob M. Worley     November 19, 2008
Source: Variety

X-MEN FIRST CLASS #1 cover by Marko Djurdjevic (slideshow)
© Marvel Entertainment

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 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.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.


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Flint521466 11/19/2008 6:27:38 AM

Well this is great news if you want  your next  X-Men movie to have alot of teen angst, witty banter and sexual innuendo.  This kinda pisses me off.  If Singer hadn't jumped ship we wouldn't be force fed a Heros meets The O.C. reboot.

hanso 11/19/2008 6:38:48 AM

I'm a shamed to say I enjoy watching Sky High.  So.........bring this on!! Buwahahaha.

AMiSHPiRATE 11/19/2008 7:52:06 AM

 No shame there, hanso.  While Sky High had a pretty dern iffy premise, its execution was pretty dern solid.  Given the rumors of how overly controlling the studio was on Wolverine, I doubt their loosen up control to a creative director on this one.  

Derahk 11/19/2008 8:14:20 AM

I've wanted a reboot since the first one came out. I want an origin story, and the costumes.

lister 11/19/2008 8:30:07 AM

I'm betting on "Never Going to Happen" unless they find a way to put a teenage Wolvie on the sqaud.

fft5305 11/19/2008 8:36:28 AM

Agreed, AMiSHPiRATE. No shame in enjoying Sky High!  However, this is one of the many, many projects I see getting lost in Development Hell. I'll be amazed if it ever actually gets made.

violator14 11/19/2008 9:16:34 AM

This is kinda off the topic but....  I really wish Del Toro, or Michael Bay directed the first xmen film, for some real visuals, and action. Im sick of this bryan singer bullshit anyway despite what some people say.

but damn, that OLD SKOOL xmen clip is awesome! that was one of my favorite cartoons to watch, and by far the best xmen cartoon.

Wiseguy 11/19/2008 9:56:30 AM

I hope they go for the real team and the traditional costumes. Sick of the black leather already.


monkeyfoot 11/19/2008 10:28:14 AM

I think the plan is actually to feature the newer students at the school in the present. By present I mean after the events of X3. Which would probably mean Iceman, Rogue, Colussus, etc. This would end up being cheaper. And you can have all the teen angst and stuff.

What I'm wondering is will this mean the return of Halle Berry as Storm since she was headmaster of the school at the end of X3, or will our favorite telepath come walking in from his bed on Muir Island?

hanso 11/19/2008 3:28:51 PM

Does this mean I don' have to feel dirty no more?

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