Here is an idea that always works: sexy young teens, with powers that they can’t control, in a hormone-filled, world-in-peril cauldron, who are known as “Young X-Men.” It worked when it was NEW MUTANTS, and it worked when it was GENERATION X and also when it was EXILES, X-MEN FIRST CLASS, and even something with the unlikely name of YOUNG X-MEN.
GENERATION X was already a poor TV movie back in the ’90s, but X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is getting the movie treatment as well, via a script by Josh Schwartz, who created both Gossip Girl and The O.C., so he is clearly a visionary for our time:
“First Class” will focus on a younger set of super-powered mutants than the first trilogy or next summer’s Hugh Jackman-starring prequel, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”
“First Class” could serve as a prequel and focus on certain X-Men characters like Cyclops but as teens, or it could focus on some of the students attending the mutant school introduced in the “X-Men” movies. Marvel Comics ran a short-lived comics series with the same name several years ago.
In a sad twist, Schwartz will not direct the film.