Josh Schwartz To Write Next Generation ‘X-Men'

“X-Men” fans have something to “Gossip” about.

Josh Schwartz, the creator of “Gossip Girl,” “The O.C.” and “Chuck,” is set to write “X-Men: First Class,” the latest installment in the Twentieth Century Fox comic book franchise, according to Variety.

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Following the lead of the recent comic book of the same name, “First Class” will reportedly follow a younger generation of costumed mutants from Xavier’s Institute for Higher Learning — a good fit for the teen-centric scribe.

Characters are reportedly likely to include Iceman, Angel, Collossus, Jubilee, Shadowcat and Rogue, played in previous films by Anna Paquin.

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With a trilogy of previous “X-Men” films, including “X-Men: The Last Stand,” notching superheroic box office numbers, the studio is prepping a number of other spin-offs. The Hugh Jackman-starring “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” is a tentpole for release in May 2009, and a Magneto origins film, centered on the villainous mutant master of magnetism and his early relationship with Charles Xavier in the 1940s, is in the works at the studio as well.

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