The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone has been hired by Fox to co-write, and direct the X-Men spin-off The New Mutants, Deadline reports.
The New Mutants will be a stand-alone spin-off that will extend the X-Men Universe at Fox, something the studio has been planning to do for some time. With Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool already shooting and Channing Tatum lining up Gambit, The New Mutants is the latest film to expand Fox’s X-Men Universe. X-Men: Apocalypse, due for release on 19th May 2016 here in the UK, is expected to be the end of the elder X-Men actors, with Fox clearly planning on bringing in a new batch of characters and actors.
It is not thought that any of the younger X-Men cast will be seen in The New Mutants.
The New Mutants was created by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod, and first appeared in December 1982. According to Wikipedia, the original team consisted of Cannonball, Sunspot, Wolfsbane, Karma, Dani Moonstar, and Professor X. It is not known which characters will be the focus for Boone’s film.
Producer Simon Kinberg told Deadline, “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.”
It is unclear when The New Mutants will begin production as Boone is a busy man: Boone’s next film will be The Vampire Chronicles, a reboot of Anne Rice’s trilogy of vampire tales of the same name (which included Interview With the Vampire). Boone is also set to direct a new take on Stephen King’s The Stand, which is a massive project, so with that in mind, The New Mutants could be way off yet.