There's a shakeup in X-Men land!
It was said that X-Men 3 writer Zak Penn was set to write the script for the next installment in the franchise, a version featuring all the younger characters- though all would depend on the outcome of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
It turns out now that he might have been replaced.
In a recent interview, Josh Schwartz, the creator of The OC, Gossip Girl and Chuck, has confirmed that he'll be writing the screenplay for the next installment of the X-Men prequels.
Please don't tie in The OC with X-Men!
The new film will apparently center on the teenage characters at the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning.
Schwartz says, “It’s not like I’m adding new characters like Toaster Head, or anything like that.”
And as for his thoughts on other similar films, Schwartz adds, “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.’ This, however, is a different story."
As for those who've worked on the previous X-Men films, he says “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 installments] got a free pass on Superman Returns because of his work on X-Men.”
Ouch, he's sinking his claws!!!!!
And, the best part is when Schwartz adds, “I’m very well aware that I’ll be bludgeoned by purists, but I love its mythology, and it comes with a pretty hefty paycheck.”
Glad to see he's doing the film for the right reasons!
Let's hope he doesn't ruin the X-Men series.