‘X-Men: First Class’ Resolves Screenplay Dispute

Two many cooks in the kitchen left the WGA scratching their heads over who should receive credit on the upcoming Marvel Mutant prequel.

X-Men: First Class resolves Screenplay dispute
X-Men: First Class resolves Screenplay dispute
There has been a rather complex discrepancy over who wrote X-Men: First Class, and who should receive proper credit. That dispute was resolved yesterday, with Sheldon Turner and Bryan Singer now being acknowledged for creating the story, even though Turner did not officially write on the project.

Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz along with Jane Goldman & director of the film Matthew Vaughn are receiving a shared screenplay writing credit. The first writers on the project, Josh Schwartz and Jamie Moss, will receive no credit for their services rendered.

How does someone who didn't write on the movie get a story credit, yet the two people who created the story don't? It seems that this has more to do with how Marvel Studios is cultivating and farming out its writers than any rules set forth by the Writers Guild of America. Sheldon Turner was originally hired to write a film entitled X-Men Origins: Magneto, which was supposed to be a companion piece to X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Josh Schwartz, at around the same time, was also hired to write an X-Men prequel, which would later become X-Men: First Class. When X-Men Origins: Magneto was put on the backburner, that character was worked into a new draft of X-Men: First Class as director Matthew Vaughn came aboard. So, certain elements from Sheldon Turner's X-Men Origins: Magneto were retained, hence the story credit.

Josh Schwartz and Jamie Moss, on the other hand, though they served in writing the first draft of X-Men: First Class, are not being credited because they borrowed liberally from the 2006-2007 X-Men: First Class Marvel comic book miniseries, which incorporated may of the characters from Bryan Singer's original X-Men seen as teenagers. That of course changed when Vaughn joined the project.

Josh Schwartz is still seeking a credit, even though his work is based on the work of other Marvel writers, so this fight may not be officially over.

For a more in-depth analysis of how Marvel and the WGA chose who should be credited for screenwriting on X-Men: First Class, Click Here!

X-Men: First Class was released June 3rd, 2011 and stars James McAvoy, Laurence Belcher, Michael Fassbender, Bill Milner, Kevin Bacon, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, Beth Goddard. The film is directed by Matthew Vaughn.

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  1. LAZY310

    this movie better be good ima be piss off if it anit

    4 years agoby @LAZY310Flag

  2. LAZY310

    hahahaha they went back 2 the old skoo costumes hahaha they look fuuny lookin heehe hahaha...ha

    4 years agoby @LAZY310Flag

  3. Nautical


    4 years agoby @nautical05Flag

  4. skywise

    OUCH @cupid if i had feelings i might actually be hurt. Honestly there may even be tears. Luckily i had my tear ducts removed due to an incident overseas. But i am crying on the inside. =P

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  5. CUPID

    @dan1 Agreed, but i'm sure this is behind us now.

    4 years agoby @cupidFlag

  6. Dan

    @cupid@moviemaniac66@skywise Someone once said in the past, there is a 'post comment' button, but not a 'post positive comment' button. Since I read that bit of wisdom, I've tried harder to leave those alone who don't like something.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  7. CUPID

    @skywise Yeah and your the mom lol.

    4 years agoby @cupidFlag

  8. skywise

    @cupid@moviemaniac66 awwwww now aren't we just the big happy family!!!

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  9. CUPID

    @moviemaniac66 Alright man.

    4 years agoby @cupidFlag

  10. MovieManiac

    @cupid - No need to apologize. It is your opinion and you do have a right to speak it.

    4 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  11. CUPID

    @moviemaniac66 I did answer your question and you ask me the same thing again so sorry if i lost it there.

    4 years agoby @cupidFlag

  12. skywise

    @cupid i never considered you a hater. I was just adding to the convo. I usually never make mention of those that dont like something i do....as i said below. That is a waste of time and as you said, what better place to discuss these things than right here?

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  13. MovieManiac

    @cupid - Dude, f*cking relax. I was just asking a question. You are right, you do have the right to comment on anything you want. I was just asking you a question, no need to get angry.

    4 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  14. CUPID

    @skywise I dont hate the x men just the movies.

    4 years agoby @cupidFlag

  15. CUPID

    @skywise Not just me man i dont see why am the one taking the heat for all the people who post comments about movies their not interested in really, when their are lots more heaters on this site than me LOTS MORE.

    4 years agoby @cupidFlag

  16. skywise

    hell if it doesnt work out at least i always have the comic books.....

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  17. skywise

    But for the sake of conversation @cupid i think the movie will do just fine no matter how good or bad it might be. The X Men were not only the top selling comic book for quite some time, it has been around since the 60's. It has had time to develop a huge fan base and built in audience.

    I do NOT lilke the way Fox has handled the series and especially this prequel (which makes no sense) but i am desperate to see my muties up on the big screen. So....yes, i will be in theaters shelling out my hard earned money in the hope that i can continue to see X Men on the big screen.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  18. CUPID

    Why are you making a big f*cking deal about what i comment about do i tell you anything about what you comment about...no thats right so if am not interested in any movie and i feel to comment about it that shouldn't be bothering you or anyone else, like i said in my last comment thats how i show my disdain for the film ok.

    4 years agoby @cupidFlag

  19. skywise

    Wow, this really makes me uneasy about this film.

    @moviemaniac66@cupid its not just X Men movies Cupid has disdain for...Cupid is a picky man and why should he not be? If you are going to spend $12 then you have a right to be picky. But mostly Mr. Cupid, I find, is just indifferent.

    I for one enjoy reading those comments (as long as they are tasteful) about why people may or may not want to see a movie.

    Oppenheimer once said, "I never learned anything from those that agree with me."

    he also said, "I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds..." so ya know, take that for what its worth.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  20. MovieManiac

    @cupid - I never said don't comment on the articles. All i asked was why do you waste your time commenting on articles and watching trailers about a movie that you have no interest in seeing? If you hate the film then why not just ignore it?

    4 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  21. CUPID

    @moviemaniac66 Then how else am i gonna show my disdain for the film, isn't that what the comments are for i never saw Post Comment On This Article If You Like It, did you?

    4 years agoby @cupidFlag

  22. MovieManiac

    @cupid - Every time I read an X-Men:First Class article, your always their to show your disdain for the film. If you don't want to see it so much, then why don't you just not comment on the articles?

    4 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  23. CUPID

    When it fails (which it will) who's gonna take credit for that.

    4 years agoby @cupidFlag

  24. WongFu


    4 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  25. Bojan Vucicevic

    Well thats a mess.

    4 years agoby @bojan-vucicevicFlag

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