EXCLUSIVE: ‘X-Men: First Class’ Writer Josh Schwartz Confirms He Isn’t Directing Film, Wasn’t Asked To Direct

It’s been a few months since we last heard anything about “X-Men: First Class,” the film that looks to explore the younger days of some of Marvel Comics’ popular mutants. In fact, the last news that surfaced about the project was the attachment of “Gossip Girl” and “Chuck” executive producer/writer Josh Schwartz as the film’s writer — an announcement that prompted much debate over whether he’d make the film his directorial debut (or if he’d even been offered the chance).

During an interview with MTV News at last weekend’s New York Comic Con (appropriately enough), Schwartz cleared up at least one question surrounding the film… and created a few more in the process.

“No, that’s not true,” Schwartz told MTV News when asked if he passed on directing “X-Men: First Class,” as some rumors suggested. “But I would be terrified to have the first thing I direct be a giant franchise movie.”

While Schwartz was careful not to reveal any details about the film’s plot, its place in the current “X-Men” film franchise, or just about any other aspect of the project, he did offer up some thoughts on what it won’t be.

“The ’Dark Phoenix’ storyline is probably the high point of the comics’ storytelling,” said Schwartz when asked about some of his favorite X-Men stories. “But they did that. So we’ll find more fertile soil somewhere else.”

“I’m not really allowed to say anything,” he added. “They’re watching me as we speak. It’s exciting, it’s a huge honor and we’re just getting started.”

While Schwartz’ comments leave quite a few questions about what the film will involve, MTV has had no shortage of notable X-Men writers (including Grant Morrison and Marc Guggenheim) volunteering their thoughts on the direction the film could — and should — take with Marvel’s young mutants. And if that’s not enough to tide X-fans over until the next news bite emerges, feel free to check out our Casting Call for “X-Men: First Class.”

Upset that Schwartz won’t direct “First Class”? Want to see someone with more directorial chops helming the film? Let us know!