by Justin Cook
An X-Men spinoff film entitled The New Mutants is in the works at Fox, with The Fault in Our Stars and Stuck in Love director Josh Boone attached to direct. Boone will also be co-writing the project with Knate Gwaltney.
Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner, X-Men series regulars, will be returning to the franchise to produce the film.
In a statement, Kinberg said, “We’re so excited to explore this new part of the X-Men universe, and so excited to do it with Josh, who is uniquely suited to tell this story about young characters.”
The New Mutants made their first Marvel Comics appearance in 1982, and received their own comic book series the very next year. The original series ran until 1991.
The team is made up of a large ensemble cast of mutants with special powers, which includes Cypher, Sunspot, Wolfsbane, Magik, Magma, Warlock and more. They have been described as “superheroes-in-training” who attend Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. Also, the comics introduced the beloved character of Deadpool, who can be seen in an upcoming solo film due out on February 12, 2016.
Boone garnered a massive amount of attention for directing last year’s smash hit The Fault in Our Stars. The film, which starred Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolff, grossed over $300 million worldwide on a $12 million budget. Critics praised Boone’s direction and the film as a whole.
Currently, Boone is set to direct two other projects at other studios. He will be doing The Stand for Warner Bros. and The Vampire Chronicles for Universal.
The film probably won’t hit theaters at least until around 2018-2020, mainly because of Boone’s very busy schedule. However, in the meantime, Fox will be releasing multiple other X-Men films, including the previously mentioned Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016, Gambit in 2016 and a third Wolverine solo film in 2017.