Both Cinematical and Ace Showbiz report on a “scoop” from Black Book Magazine — that Gossip Girl producer Josh Schwartz is writing an X-Men prequel film. I’ll put this in the “questionable” file for now, as someone sent me a link to Black Book’s original post over the weekend, but it’s no longer there
for some reason.
Per Ace Showbiz:
The outing of the speculation has allegedly been done by Schwartz himself when he talked to Black Book Magazine. Reportedly stating that the new installment will be “a prequel of sorts”, the screenwriter of “The O.C.” revealed his involvement by stating, “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.” The 31-year-old scribbler further confessed that the new film will resolve around a teenager who is attending the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning.
In addition to Gossip Girl, Schwartz is also a writer/producer on NBC’s Chuck.
Update: Black Book confirms their retraction:
In a blog post that appeared May 2 on bbook.com, some quotations by the subject Josh Schwartz were erroneously reported. Consequently, BlackBook immediately removed the item. We regret the error and extend our apologies to Mr. Schwartz.