Gossip Girl Man Takes On X-Men

“Gossip Girl” and “The O.C.” creator Josh Schwartz is in negotiations to write an X-Men spin-off for the younger set – “X-Men: First Class” says the trades.

“First Class” will focus on a younger set of super-powered mutants than the first trilogy, likely focusing on some of the students attending the mutant school introduced in the “X-Men” movies.

There’s also the possibility, though less likely, that it could serve as a prequel – focusing on teen versions of the current film characters such as Cyclops and Storm.

Marvel Comics ran a short-lived comics series with the same name several years ago.

Producer Lauren Shuler Donner and “X-Men: The Last Stand” scribe Simon Kinberg are also involved. Schwartz apparently has the option to direct but so far hasn’t signed up for the possibility.