Things have been pretty quiet on the X-Men front since the release of X-Men: Apocalypse in May. On the other hand, no news is good news, especially in light of the recent reveal that Doug Liman has abandoned Gambit in favor of Justice League Dark, so perhaps no further announcement about future X-Men projects isn’t so bad. But now there’s this: news about the upcoming New Mutants film. The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone was recruited last year to bring the team of junior X-Men in training to the big screen, and now they’re making it a full Fault reunion by bringing onboard screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed the news yesterday that Neustadter and Weber have been hired to work on the New Mutants script. The duo bring with them a wealth of teen movie screenwriting experience including Paper Towns, The Spectacular Now and the aforementioned Fault in Our Stars. They also wrote (500) Days of Summer and the upcoming James Franco making of The Room movie, The Masterpiece. Producer Simon Kinberg previously said that New Mutants will have “more of a YA vibe,” so Neustadter and Weber seem ideally suited to make that a reality.
Created by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod in the 80s, the New Mutants follows the junior class at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters and their separate adventures from the core X-Men. Their ranks typically include the human rocket Cannonball, the werewolf-like Wolfsbane, the sunlight-fueled super-strong Sunspot, the walking Rosetta Stone Cypher, and the teleporting Majik. There’s obviously been no casting announcement yet, but it’s long been rumored that James McAvoy will return as Professor X, who will act in his mentor capacity to the New Mutants.
Of course, there’s still yet to be word of a release date, but Twentieth Century Fox has dates reserved for October 6, 2017, March 2, 2018, and June 29, 2018. Stay tuned for more details.