Fox Greenlights X-Men: First Class Movie

Well, I guess we all knew that there was just as much a chance that Twentieth Century Fox would let the “X-Men” franchise die as there was that Michael Jackson would be normal again anytime soon. And so it is, that the studio has officially announced the commencement of a new “X-Men” movie, the fourth in the series, to be written and possibly direct (he has been offered the chair, but has said No for now) by TV vet Josh Schwartz, creator of teen-centric hits The OC and Gossip Girl. Yes, that’s right, the guy who did The OC and Gossip Girl has been given free reign to make your next X-Men movie. Cry if you want to, but we already knew this was in the offering earlier this year when news of Schwartz’s involvement in the X franchise leaked. So yeah, we were ready for it, but I’ll be damn if it still doesn’t come as something of a shock anyway.

Variety has the official word, which is either good or bad, depending on how you approach shows on the CW not called Smallville or Supernatural:

Twentieth Century Fox is gearing up to continue its “X-Men” franchise with a younger set of mutants.

Studio has tapped “Gossip Girl” creator Josh Schwartz to write “X-Men: First Class.”

Schwartz, the creator and exec producer of CW’s teen sudser hit as well as Fox’s youth-centric “The OC” and NBC’s “Chuck,” is expected to inject a next-gen sensibility into the superhero series, which has earned $1.2 billion worldwide.

Writing assignment has also included the possibility of directing the pic, but so far Schwartz has opted not to take the helm.

Gossip Girl. The OC. And now “X-Men: First Class”. Yeah, I can see the progression there, too. Well, okay, I can’t, but then again, I’m not a rich studio suit making a gazillion bucks a week, so what do I know.

Below: If the X-Men thought Magneto was tough, wait until they face back-stabbing best friends who want to sleep with their boyfriends!



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  • jason

    josh is a good writer and director, he’s shown he can do great action in chuck which is awesome, but if they were lookin at tv creators why not go for tim kring or eric kripke cuz there awesome and there make it big one day on the big screen

  • jason

    josh is a good writer and director, he’s shown he can do great action in chuck which is awesome, but if they were lookin at tv creators why not go for tim kring or eric kripke cuz there awesome and there make it big one day on the big screen

  • http://ho66 jason

    josh is a good writer and director, he’s shown he can do great action in chuck which is awesome, but if they were lookin at tv creators why not go for tim kring or eric kripke cuz there awesome and there make it big one day on the big screen

  • Ben

    I am so tired of fox putting out that garbage they call a comic book movie. When does Marvel get rights back?

  • Ben

    I am so tired of fox putting out that garbage they call a comic book movie. When does Marvel get rights back?

  • Ben

    I am so tired of fox putting out that garbage they call a comic book movie. When does Marvel get rights back?

  • snoopmish

    Technically, wouldn’t that be the 5th film in the franchise? Ya know, since X-Men Origins: Wolverine is coming out on May 1st….just saying. Also is this going to be done after X-Men Origins: Magneto?