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Donner Plans Young "X-Men" Spin-Off

By Garth Franklin Wednesday April 15th 2009 04:14AM

"X-Men" series producer Lauren Shuler Donner is aiming to make a third "X-Men" film spin-off series - "X-Men: First Class".

Talking with Fox Movie Channel's Life After Film School (via Comics Continuum), Donner says "It is the first class of Xavier's school, way back when, so it's young Scott, young Jean, young Beast and that'll be really fun. I think (the plan) is to follow some of the characters into their own stories, and weave them back into the X-Men world."

She adds that "hopefully First Class will become its own franchise and we can follow them as they grow up." "Gossip Girl" creator Josh Schwartz is penning the script but opted out of directing the project.

The first spin-off, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine", hits theaters in two weeks. The second, "X-Men Origins: Magneto", remains in development.

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