Josh Schwartz Explains His Exit from X-Men: First Class
03.03.10 by Ryan
The O.C. and Gossip Girl creator Josh Schwartz was the first writer hired to adapt the screenplay for X-Men: First Class, but once Bryan Singer was brought on board to direct the movie, Singer put Jamie Moss (Street Kings) in charge of writing another screenplay based on a new treatment that Singer wrote himself. So what happened to Schwartz's draft? Schwartz explained to MTV what happened to his work on First Class.
I finished my draft. Bryan Singer came onboard 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, and 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.
As for what his draft detailed, Schwartz was not allowed to say.
I cannot. It's on lockdown. Sworn to secrecy. I swear to god. There's a sniper with a gun pointed at me from across that building.
If the comics provide any clue, the movie should be about the early days of the X-Men as they learn to use their powers at Professor Xavier's Institute. Singer has revealed that the movie will include some of the X-Men from the movies and a "great villain."