Monday, 25 May 2015

20th Century Fox planning X-Men spin-off The New Mutants

With Bryan Singer's (X-Men: Days Of Future Past) take on the X-Men universe potentially winding down with next year's X-Men: Apocalypse, 20th Century Fox and writer/producer Simon Kinberg are clearly wanting to keep the successful mutant franchise going. News now arrives via Deadline that the studio has hired Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars) to develop and direct The New Mutants.

20th Century Fox have made no secret of its desire to build a wider universe around the various mutants and other heroes to which it owns the rights – Deadpool is busy shooting with Ryan Reynolds (Buried) back in the suit and Channing Tatum (White House Down) is currently lining up a Gambit film. The New Mutants have been rumoured for a couple of years, but this is the first real announcement about forward motion on the idea.

The question will be which of the teams known as the New Mutants will be the focus here. Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod created the original squad of teen heroes in 1982 for Marvel Graphic Novel issue four and they got their own title running between 1983 and 1991, with Deadpool popping up from time to time. They were later relaunched as X-Force, which is an interesting name since Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) has been attached to write an X-Force film, but Deadline's report says that Boone will be creating his own script with Knate Gwaltney.

There is also the second New Mutants team, launched in 2003 with different members as part of the Charles Xavier's school population. Chances are, given how the movies like to play with the continuity and make-up of teams, that we could well see a blend of both.

"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," Kinberg says of the new plan. This one will bubble in development for a while, particularly as Boone is currently developing several projects including The Stand for Warner Bros and The Vampire Chronicles for Universal Pictures. X-Men: Apocalypse, meanwhile, arrives here on 19 May next year.

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