Latest Marvel Comic movie news on X-Men and Captain America

November 19, 2008

Hollywood (ChattahBox) — Twentieth Century Fox is looking to continue its “X-Men” franchise with a younger set of mutants. The studio has been considering ways to continue its successful series of “X-Men” movies after the third installment, the Brett Ratner-helmed “X-Men: The Last Stand,” collected $459 million in 2006. Fox has been leaning toward using the younger characters introduced in the previous pics in future installments — teenagers with powers taught at the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning. Resulting films would likely draw from such characters as Iceman, Rogue, Angel, Colossus, Jubilee and Shadowcat, who have appeared prominently or made cameos in prior pics. And now Variety is reporting that Fox has chosen “Gossip Girl” creator Josh Schwartz to write “X-Men: First Class.”

Schwartz, the creator and exec producer of CW’s “Gossip Girl” hit as well as Fox’s youth-centric “The OC” and NBC’s “Chuck,” is expected to inject a next-gen sensibility into the superhero series, which has earned $1.2 billion worldwide. Writing assignment has also included the possibility of directing the pic, but so far Schwartz has opted not to take the helm.

Although Schwartz has enjoyed smallscreen success, he has yet to crack the world of film with a significant project. He wrote and is attached to direct the coming-of-age comedy “Looking for Alaska” for Paramount. Tackling a new “X-Men” installment will likely give Schwartz instant credibility within the studio world.

Lauren Shuler Donner, who produced all three “X-Men” pics, as well as next summer’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” is producing “First Class” alongside “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” scribe Simon Kinberg. Naturally, “First Class” could also result in its own series of sequels.

While Wolverine is the other “X-Men”-related project already in the works, Fox is actively developing a standalone “Magneto” pic, as well as considering a “Deadpool” spinoff, based on a character played by Ryan Reynolds in “Wolverine.” Shuler Donner is producing “Magneto.”
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Marvel Studios’ movie “First Avenger: Captain America,” is moving forward nicely according to HollyWoodReporter. A week after Joe Johnston was announced as director, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are in final negotiations to write the script. Marvel’s Kevin Feige is producing. Markus and McFeely, have a nice resume as a team, including  work on “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and its sequel, “Prince Caspian.” The duo also wrote HBO’s “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.”

Marvel’s “Captain America” will be a World War II-set movie, and the character will appear in the modern day-set “Avengers.” Captain America, was created in 1941 by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon for Timely Comics,is the heroic alter ego of Steve Rogers, who is rejected by the Army for being too sickly and undergoes an experiment that takes him to the pinnacle of human form. Paired with an indestructible shield, he becomes a symbol of the war effort, fighting Nazis and villainous scientists like the Red Skull.

In modern times, the character starred in his own long-running comic series and also was a charter member of Marvel’s superteam, the Avengers.

Kicking off with “Iron Man,” Marvel Studios’ slate of movies — including “Thor” and the “Iron Man” sequel — is building toward an “Avengers” movie set for release in 2011, in which the characters from the films team for one big adventure. “Captain America” is scheduled for release May 6, 2011.

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