Word is making the Internet rounds that Fox is stepping up production on a new spinoff movie for their X-Men franchise and that The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone will co-write as well as direct the film based on Marvel Comic’s The New Mutants.
This will be a big move for Boone and most likely the biggest budget movie he’s taken on so far in his career. The box office success of The Fault in Our Stars which earned over $300 Million world-wide on a mere $12 million dollar budget.
Simon Kinberg, who seems to be slowly taking the “Kevin Fiege” role over at Fox when it comes to Comic book movies, had this to say:
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 question now moves to which New Mutant Xavier class members will make an appearance in the movie. The original group included:
Mirage, Cannonball, Wolfsbane, Karma, Sunspot
While that group would be a fine start, it’s likely that the group would also include:
Warlock, Magma, Cypher, and Colossus’ kid sister, Magik. I’d also like to throw in Kitty Pryde’s name as a possible for the big screen adaptation. Besides being a fan favorite X-Men character that hasn’t gotten much screen time. Shadowcat would fit right in with this younger group. Some of the other younger mutants in X-Men: Apocalypse might also make the transfer.
We mentioned that Boone would be co-writing the script. He’ll be working with Knate Gwaltney,who doesn’t have many writing credits on his IMDB page, but Kidnap for which he wrote the screenplay stars Haley Berry, and Cardboard Boxer which stars Terrance Howard are both in post production so Boone has impressed Fox enough with those scripts to bring him on board The New Mutants production team.