Former 'X-Men: First Class' Writer Josh Schwartz Explains His Exit

Back in December, word hit the wire that "X-Men" and "X2: X-Men United" director Bryan Singer was returning to the Marvel's mutant movie franchise for "X-Men: First Class," a film about the early days of Cyclops, Jean Grey and the rest of Professor Charles Xavier's "gifted" students. What the news didn't address, however, is why the previous draft of the script by "Gossip Girl" and "Chuck" writer Josh Schwartz was being scrapped in favor of a new screenplay by Jamie Moss (“Ghost in The Shell”).

So, when we caught up with Schwartz at last night's Cosmopolitan Magazine's "2010 Fun Fearless Males" red carpet, we asked him that very question.

"I finished my draft," Schwartz told MTV News. "Bryan Singer came onboard the movie, who's the best possible guy to direct the 'X-Men' movies, and he wanted to make a very different kind of movie."

"He's Bryan Singer. If he wants to make an X-Men movie, they make his X-Men movie," said Schwartz. "But it was a great experience and it was an honor to work on it."

Pressed for more information about the "First Class" script that almost made it to the screen, Schwartz said he'd be endangering his life if he let any details slip.

"I cannot. It's on lockdown," he said. "Sworn to secrecy. I swear to god, there's a sniper with a gun pointed at me from that building."

So, if you're counting, that makes two celebrities in one night whose lives we endangered in our relentless quest for new information to give Splash Page readers. I hope you can live with yourselves.

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