Next to David Goyer, the next comic-book-geekiest screenwriter in line is probably Zak Penn. He’s writing "The Incredible Hulk" for Marvel … and there’s a chance he might have another "X-Men" project somewhere down the line, too.
My pal Erik Davis was able to chat with Mr. Penn during the Tribeca Film Festival (where he has a movie called "The Grand" premiering, "he" being Zak and not Erik) and the busy screenwriter had some long-off (but still juicy) potential plans for the "X-Men" series…
"I had been attached to direct one of the [X-Men] spin-offs; in fact, I’m in discussions about that now … the original idea was to have me do a young X-Men spin-off, a spin-off of the young X-Men characters. But someone came up with a pretty interesting idea which I can’t discuss. I was pretty taken by it, as was the studio. I have to give him credit, it was this guy who worked with me named Mike Chamoy — he worked a lot with me on X3. He came up with how to do a young X-Men movie which is not what you’d expect."
Interesting. Oh, and it turns out that I (and Erik) was teasing about the latest "Hulk" news. Mr. Penn simply debunks the silly "grey Hulk" rumor, but that’s old news by now. Mr. Davis promises more from Zak Penn later in the week, including some "Hulk 2" casting news.