Starting All Over Again With an X-Men: First Class Franchise
So with X-Men Origins: Wolverine set to kick off the summer in a few weeks, you'd expect Fox or Marvel to actually want to continue the X-Men series. We've heard of an X-Men Origins: Magneto for a while now, but that project seems to have slowly disappeared into development hell. So what's next? If Wolverine is as big as we're all hearing, it'll be proof to Hollywood that the X-Men aren't dead yet. How about an X-Men 4? Eric Lehnsherr still had his powers at the end, right? Nope, instead it's looking like X-Men: First Class may be the new franchise. Yep, we're talking about kids, young mutants, as in a prequel, not a sequel.
Producer Lauren Shuler Donner, who is responsible for all three of the original X-Men movies and Constantine and the upcoming Wolverine, said on Fox Movie Channel's "Life After Film School" (via Comics Continuum) that X-Men: First Class is in the works. "It is the first class of Xavier's school, way back when, so it's young Scott, young Jean, young Beast and that'll be really fun," Donner said. "I think (the plan) is to follow some of the characters into their own stories, and weave them back into the X-Men world." She added that, "hopefully First Class will become its own franchise and we can follow them as they grow up."
Didn't we already follow them when they were grown up? And at least got two great movies out of it? So why go back and potentially ruin the X-Men universe (or did Brett Ratner already do that)? This is all starting to sound a bit like Star Wars, and we know what happened when George Lucas tried to tell the origin story to that trilogy. In November we reported that Fox was moving forward with X-Men: First Class with "Gossip Girl" and "The O.C." writer Josh Schwartz penning the first draft of the screenplay. If all of this is indeed true, then I'm officially worried for the future of X-Men. I really hope Fox doesn't screw this up, too.