Josh Schwartz Talks Unused X-Men: First Class Script

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In November 2008, Fox Studios hired, Josh Schwartz (The OC, Chuck) to pen the script for X-Men: First Class, a prequel to the existing set of X-Men films that have come out every 2-3 years since 2000 when Bryan Singer brought to life one of the most popular comic book franchises.

Schwartz’ gig came to end a few months ago however, when Bryan Singer – long-rumored to be returning to the X-Men franchise – signed to direct X-Men: First Class. With his recruitment also came the signing of another writer, Jamie Moss (Street Kings). While it was confirmed that the movie would still be an origins prequel to the existing set of films and not a reboot, they would be starting fresh again and Schwartz work would not be utilized.

MTV News caught up with Schwartz recently and discussed the situation how far he got with the script.

“I finished my draft… Bryan Singer came on board the movie, who’s the best possible guy to direct the ‘X-Men’ movies, and he wanted to make a very different kind of movie. He’s Bryan Singer. If he wants to make an X-Men movie, they make his X-Men movie… But it was a great experience and it was an honor to work on it.”

There’s no way Singer would come back if he didn’t get to create the movie and its story himself. So the question then becomes, what will Singer’s story do different and what was Schwartz’s all about?

“I cannot. It’s on lockdown… Sworn to secrecy. I swear to god, there’s a sniper with a gun pointed at me from that building.”

We won’t know for a long time what Schwartz’ story was going to be about so all we have to go on is what producer Lauren Shuler-Donner has revealed in the past. So, looking forward, what will Bryan Singer’s take on Xavier’s first group of mutant students be about?

We already know that it will involve Xavier’s creation of the School for the Gifted and his befriending of Magneto. I figure they’ll build Cerebro together and as the story unfolds, we’ll see their relationship start to drift apart through their different philosophies on the future of mutantkind and co-existence with humans. I think the dynamic of seeing these two leaders working together and teaching the first X-Men will make for an interesting backdrop to tell another X-Men story on screen.

We also know that new characters will be created for the movie, which is unnecessary in my mind. They can’t actually utilize the First Class roster of original mutants from the comic books but there are plenty of others in the X-Men universe to pick and choose from.

Continue to part 2 for our discussion of what we could see in X-Men: First Class!

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  1. This could be a very good thing if Singer has given the whole prequel idea serious thought. I'm for embedding enough tidbits that will weave the whole back together again as well. Will it be clever and entertaining enough for the jaded hard nosed fans?That's the big question?

  2. No thanks, on Bryan Singer and his 'Terrific Ideas'. I will just wait until the rights revert back to Marvel. Maybe they will use Schwartz's script.

  3. I guess it's a real possibility you may only have to skip one movie for that to happen maybe two. But then the whole Kirby issue hasn't been settled yet and may drag on for a couple years.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/21/business/21ma

    If we're lucky maybe by 2017 Disney might have the franchise back. It's really hard to say over that many years what will happen.

  4. I'd rather the Kirby family get the rights back then sell them to Marvel/Disney. I want everything to go wrong for Fox and Sony with the Marvel characters.

  5. Bryan Singer and Fox can go take a running jump for all I care. I won't be spending any more of my hard earned cash to watch his convoluted vision of MARVEL super heroes at the cinema.

    Please don't get me started on how far removed from the original source material his direction has been. The first two films had some redeeming moments but overall they just plain sucked.

  6. And Ratner's monumental mountain of dung X3 sucked even more.

  7. Bryan Singer's X-Men is over rated. With comic book movies coming out that are faithful to the comics, Singer's X-Men is dated. In fact it couldn't even hold a candle to Donner's Superman of 1978.

    I'm a huge X-Men fan and I never thought much of Singer's X-Men films. Only that Jackman's Wolverine was great. That was it. Rest was a bastardization of the comics. Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men is great. They should consider hiring him for the job.

    Singer only came back to X-Men after Superman Returns flopped. His time is done.

  8. Bryan Singer this, Bryan Singer that. Does anyone remember Superman Returns? Who ruined that? Oh thats right bryan Singer. Were the first 2 x-men movies good? Yes, but this does not mean taht him helming the new film will guarantee a good movie. I on the contrary believe that the new x-men first class movie will suck either way. I dont really care about how everything began. We all know from the movies how everything began and the comic book all know as well. A prequel is not needed and I think that they will have difficulties tying the movies together. One thing that they do need is Gambit. Aside from Wolverine imo Gambit is a next fan favorite. He needs to be in here. Wolverine, should not be oin thugh (and I doubt he will anyway) because bringing him in would make no sense out of xmen 1. Beast should also be in there and I think Morph would be a GREAT addition.
    An introduction of Mr. Sinister would be a good idea as well, and then they could bring him back in x-men four. Either way though I feel that this film will fall a bit short of what they want it to be but I probably will end up seeing it anyway….

  9. I'm just excited for Deadpool haha
    I think they could throw Gambit into “First Class” though and I wouldn't mind.

  10. So far, only X-Men 2 gave me any sense of the comics. Everything else in the movie version has been terrible.

    And I actually think X-Men 4 is the worst.

  11. Booo….how can you make a X-men movie, about the first class and not have it be about Cyclops, beast, jean grey, iceman and angel. Terrible…dont even call it first class. I cant wait for Marvel to eventually get back the rights to X-men and make a real good movie.

  12. Booo….how can you make a X-men movie, about the first class and not have it be about Cyclops, beast, jean grey, iceman and angel. Terrible…dont even call it first class. I cant wait for Marvel to eventually get back the rights to X-men and make a real good movie.

  13. Why the hell wouldn't they just start over to get rid of the crap they did before. I am sorry but it is called “First Class.” That means Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Iceman, and Angel. They have already screwed up 2 of those people to make money with the old movies. They should have started with this idea to begin with. But nooooooo… they had to have Wolverine off the bat. They couldn't wait until the 2nd movie.

  14. Agreed. It is especially dumb when you think about how pointless it was to include Angel in X3.

  15. That would certainly be ideal. Unfortunately money and time has a way of warping things. Say by 2014 Marvel were to get several properties back like X-Men. As long as management stays the same and properties like “Iron Man,” “Thor,” and “Captain America” remain profitable then things would be Rosy for a Marvel relaunch of X-Men. However if the hero market were to cool by the time “Avengers” launches out of the gate then things might get reaccessed. Remember DC is also beginning to ramp up and if competition heats up then market forces will come into play. That combined with a management change could cause a revision of policies. If just a couple of key people in management left, the new kids on the block might be tempted to either license the franchises back off when they are at their peak generating a large cash influx over a short term, or even sell Marvel to a competitor. I know it sounds crazy but if you look at Marvels past they've changed hands quite a bit and like many other businesses their market is cyclical. We might have a passion and faith in the companies and properties that is willing to weather the ups and downs of this particular market, but businessmen are considering their careers more than their love for an idealized story or situation. A golden parachute might be much more preferable.

    I really hope I'm wrong and the train runs much longer than I'm expecting. We'll have to wait and see how quick the end of the line approaches. Epic failure of the franchises despite being at unpopular studios might be seen as limitations of the franchises themselves. After all even unpopular or poor performers as Shyamalan or Singer of late can learn from their mistakes. Outside investors will certainly look at the big budgets garnered by these stories and wonder if it matters enough to spend ever more money no matter who makes it…

  16. I agree. Please, no more Bryan Singer. I, too, am hoping that marvel gets back the rights to every known character they sold.

  17. What needs to be made is a more serious, adult version of the X-men, and one that is true to the comics. The X-men have tons of storylines they can pull from the comics. But what also matters most is that they get the casting the down. I mean, come one, there are people (actors and non-actors), who actually look like the characters in the comic books. As to why Hollywood chooses to go way off course in story and in the actual look for these types of roles…who actually knows. It's ridiculous.

    One person on screenrant said that the studios try to revolve the characters around the actors, when it should be the other way around. So far, the only comic book movies that were on par, and followed the comics, and did very very very well at the box office were Iron Man, Hulk (2008), and the Dark Knight. By the way, I liked them all, and they are proof that you do not need to change anything pertaining to the character(s) or the story.

  18. tasouli said…

    “Bryan Singer this, Bryan Singer that. Does anyone remember Superman Returns? Who ruined that? Oh thats right bryan Singer.”

    LOLOLOLOLOL

  19. I'm curious if Sony's decision to reboot Spider-Man will have any effect on the X-Men producers, who might think of doing the same. Not that I'd want Fox to be the ones to reboot the series, there's still the option to wipe the slate clean for this movie.

  20. I will agree with some of the opinions here that having Bryan Singer on board doesn't make for a slam dunk with “X-Men: First Class.” That said, it is a step in the right direction. One thing Singer seems to do best with his films is ensemble casts. That is part of why the first two X-Men films were superior to the third. I think the script offered better arcs for the characters and were better handled. “Superman” doesn't work as an ensemble piece. The characters just aren't that interesting, by comparison.

    I don't agree with the opinions that a “First Class” film can't work because it wouldn't be true to the cast of the original comic books. What Singer did capture well in his films was the spirit of the X-Men comics. He nailed it, despite making a lot of major changes with characters. That's a tough line to walk. For my part, I want to see Banshee in there. He made for such a great character, and I think he would translate well as a mentor and field leader in the “First Class” films prior to Scott growing into his role as the field leader. Whether that will happen is anyone's guess. A Jean-Scott-Emma triangle dynamic would be interesting, too.

  21. That's a good question why not start from scratch. Wouldn't bother me none. We can jettison any expensive continuity shuck the burden of having to bring back anybody including the director. But it's still in Foxes' hands! Well could it be any worse? Oh yeah it could get worse. Perhaps even so bad that if Marvel got it back say in 2014 they may scrap a reintroduction completely. At least as long as Warner did to the Batman franchise. Then too who can say with certainty where audiences' taste will gravitate say in 2026. Son of Rambo anyone???

  22. By the way, didn't he ditch x-3 to do Superman Returns?

  23. Understood!

  24. Seriously I'm trying to understand the situation in a holistic way. I've considered what others as well as myself have said especially over the Spiderman issue. You see how Sony reacted over the corner they were in. I didn't consider they would make such a bold move. Given that we the fans ought to consider, and I think some here have been ahead of the curve on that front, myself excluded, namely the idea that the failure of the company like Fox or Sony should be the failure of mediocrity rather than a failure of epic proportions. The message needs to be, the franchise is sound the handling of it sucks, not a message that the trend has run its course. Naturally everyone here wants the studios to get the first message. So I think the challenge for us the consumers and fans is, how do you engineer a controlled failure?

  25. Professor X: Patrick Stewart
    Magneto: Stephen Lang
    Cyclops: Ryan McPartlin
    Jean Grey: A slightly younger Angie Everhart
    Storm: Iman
    Wolverine: Chris Benoit look-a-like
    Rogue: Erica Durance or Melissa Claire Egan or Gina Carano
    Gambit: Any 6'3 pretty boy that's in shape, with straight black hair that goes down to his chin

  26. Seriously I'm trying to understand the situation in a holistic way. I've considered what others as well as myself have said especially over the Spiderman issue. You see how Sony reacted over the corner they were in. I didn't consider they would make such a bold move. Given that we the fans ought to consider, and I think some here have been ahead of the curve on that front, myself excluded, namely the idea that the failure of the company like Fox or Sony should be the failure of mediocrity rather than a failure of epic proportions. The message needs to be, the franchise is sound the handling of it sucks, not a message that the trend has run its course. Naturally everyone here wants the studios to get the first message. So I think the challenge for us the consumers and fans is, how do you engineer a controlled failure?

  27. Professor X: Patrick Stewart
    Magneto: Stephen Lang
    Cyclops: Ryan McPartlin
    Jean Grey: A slightly younger Angie Everhart
    Storm: Iman
    Wolverine: Chris Benoit look-a-like
    Rogue: Erica Durance or Melissa Claire Egan or Gina Carano
    Gambit: Any 6'3 pretty boy that's in shape, with straight black hair that goes down to his chin

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