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12.17.09 34 Comments

Before Brett Ratner came in and took a giant dump on the franchise, Bryan Singer directed X-Men and X-Men 2, probably my favorite two comic book movies outside of Dark Knight and Spider-Man 2.  That’s why, even though Superman Returns and Valkyrie were pretty lame, it’s big news that he just signed on to direct X-Men: First Class.  But temper your excitement, because The OC/Gossip Girls‘ Josh Schwartz is writing the script and it’s about teenage mutants. That’s right, and the studio is Fox.

If you don’t remember, writer Josh Schwartz of “The O.C.” and “Gossip Girl” will be penning the script which, if [producer] Lauren Schuler Donner has her way, won’t be toning down the intensity of the X-Men. Donner said previously: “We want it to be like the recent, darker Potters. It should not be a kiddie movie: we’re in the X-Men world so you can’t suddenly change the tone. The First Class comics are really fun — they’re funnier than any other comics I’ve read. Basically in each one the kids are fighting strange villains, sometimes it’s aliens, sometimes it’s monsters. I want to get a flavour of that world.” [FirstShowing]

Sounds kinda like X-Men meets Monster Squad or the X-Files, which could be cool with someone really talented running the show.  Too bad it’s Fox, who I wouldn’t trust to wash my car.  And knowing Josh Schwartz, the kids’ mutations will be stuff like being only moderately rich in a town full of filthy rich people, or having super gay eyebrows.

UPDATE FROM THE FUTURE: False alarm, looks like Matthew Vaughn’s directing.

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Vince Mancini is a writer, comedian, and podcaster. A graduate of Columbia’s non-fiction MFA program, his work has appeared on FilmDrunk, the UPROXX network, the Portland Mercury, the East Bay Express, and all over his mom’s refrigerator.

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