It seems like since X3, people have mostly forgotten about the X-Men, apart from when some tidbit crops up from the forthcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine (how do I loathe that title, let me count the ways). What happened to the buzz about three different pictures, Wolverine (back in simpler title times), Magneto and some form of young X-Men movie. With Magneto‘s concept seemingly dropped until the numbers are in on Wolverine‘s solo venture, and the buzz surrounding a movie following the younger X-Men almost non-existent, it’s a sad state of affairs. So how about kick starting that buzz with a rapturous round of applause for the new scribe behind Young X-Men (don’t worry, that’s not the actual title), Gossip Girl’s own Josh Schwartz!
Yes, you read it correctly. OMFG, the man behind shows such as “Gossip Girl” and “The O.C.” is coming to the silver screen not with a teen rom-com filled with angst, but with mutant kids attending Xavier’s academy for the gifted. Rather than getting Zack Penn as originally billed, Schwartz has stepped out from behind the curtain and into the X-Men universe. I have a confession to make here, and that’s that I actually like Gossip Girl. In fact, I watch a ridiculous quantity of TV each week and it still manages to make the top 10 of what I look forward to. So, you’d think that the idea of the person behind one of my favorite shows taking over one of my fondest superhero sagas would fill me with delight, right?
No. I like “Gossip Girl” for reasons entirely separate to those surrounding X-Men. X-Men is about kicking ass in a costume (no, not being paid by the hour). It’s about people with powers they don’t understand, that set them apart from their families, their friends and the lives they could have had, if they’d not been born slightly more advanced. It is not about the lifestyles of the rich and bitchy whilst at prep school, and the infighting that occurs there. Heck, it’s not even about partying and getting like, completely, like, wasted? So, no, this information does not fill me with the glee of a thousand little bunny wabbits.
It’s possible that some aspects of GG could be transferred over, the general teen behaviour and rebellion could definitely be applied to the x-kids, though their acting out would be so much more entertaining than the antics of Blaire and Serena. The story is set to follow a “teenage prodegy” enrolled at Xavier’s School for Higher Learning, however, how well will a guy who pens GG and The O.C. manage the incredibly challenging area of super powers, of action and not just whiny “she stole my boyfriend; he cheated on me; oh my god she’s wearing my outfit!” problems? Well, Schwartz has his own views on some more recent movies which may paint a little picture.
“The Hulk looks like it’s going to be terrible. And why does he look like he’s fighting against the monster from Cloverfield? I mean, with Transformers, it’s not like fans were going to come back saying, ‘You used the wrong car.’ … Brett Ratner didn’t have a lot of credibility going in to the third X-Men movie, but I think Bryan Singer [who directed the first two X-Men movies] got a free pass on Superman Returns because of his work on X-Men“
So, Schwartz seems opinionated enough, but can he put his money where his mouth is? Strangely enough, the site that carried this interview initially, Black Book Mag, has since pulled the story down. I wonder why…