Really, it was just a matter of time before studios chose someone like Josh Schwartz, the creator of several wildly popular, teen-skewed TV series like "Gossip Girl," "The OC" and "Chuck," to focus some attention on Marvel's favorite team of mutants. According to Variety, 20th Century Fox has tapped the teen-savvy creator to write "X-Men: First Class," an upcoming film that focuses on younger versions of Marvel's X-Men and, the studio hopes, bring audiences back to a franchise that earned more than $1.2 billion worldwide.
The deal also leaves open the possibility of Schwartz directing the film, though he hasn't opted to do so at this point. Lauren Shuler Donner, who produced all of the previous "X-Men" films, as well as the upcoming "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," will produce "First Class."
What isn't clear at this point, however, is what sort of story -- or characters -- the studio is envisioning for the film. Previous X-Men films and a Marvel Comics series of the same name do provide some room for speculation, though.
While the article notes that Fox has been leaning toward using some of the younger characters introduced in the earlier X-Men films -- noting the prominent roles of Iceman, Rogue, Colossus and Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde) in "X-Men: The Last Stand" -- and focusing on the students instead of the teachers at the Xavier Institute, Marvel's "X-Men: First Class" comic book has a slightly different focus.
Debuting in 2006, Marvel's "X-Men: First Class" began as an all-ages series that focused on the first years of the original X-Men members: Cyclops, Jean Grey (Marvel Girl), Iceman, Beast and Angel. The series was an unexpected success and has since spawned several volumes.
Whether the studio's plans for an "X-Men: First Class" film involve some of the younger mutants already introduced in previous films or a look at younger versions of the existing team leaders in the film has yet to be announced, but that's likely to be the topic of much debate between now and when the decision goes public.
What do you think, readers? Should "X-Men: First Class" focus on the original Marvel mutants' team, or the younger students we saw in the previous films? And is Josh Schwartz a good choice for writer of the film?