Gossip Girl and The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz was hired to write the script back in 2008, however producer Lauren Shulder Donner said in October that the script wasn’t finished and they weren’t where they wanted to be.
Here’s what Shulder Donner had to say about the film earlier this year:
“Harry Potter is a bit of a role model for us, absolutely. But we want it to be like the recent, darker Potters. It should not be a kiddie movie – we’re in the X-Men world so you can’t suddenly change the tone. The First Class comics are really fun – they’re funnier than any other comics I’ve read. Basically in each one the kids are fighting strange villains, sometimes it’s aliens, sometimes it’s monsters. I want to get a flavour of that world. Occasionally the kids will be in class, but more often they’ll be off on adventures. Which Professor X isn’t too happy about! There’s nothing more interesting than a bad kid, and this is full of naughty children. Cyclops, for example – he’s a tough kid that bobbed from foster home to foster home, until he ends up at the school and becomes the leader. There’s also still an element of friction between the mutants and the outside world. Remember that this will be set way back before anyone knew mutants existed.
We want to make this a franchise, following these kids at the school, so the casting of the child actors will be all-important.”