Despite the world of movies already being overrun with more comic books adaptations than you could count, it looks like we’ll be getting another one that expands the already bulging world of X-Men.
Deadline reports that Fox is planning a movie based on the Marvel Comics series The New Mutants, in an attempt to expand their mutant universe alongside their upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. Not only that but they’ve already tapped The Fault in Our Stars helmer Josh Boone to direct the standalone spinoff movie. He will co-write with Knate Gwaltney (the upcoming Kidnap; and Cardboard Boxer).
The studio are said to have been very impressed with Boone’s success in adapting the hugely popular Fault in Our Stars young adult novel, not least because it made new stars of Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff and helped further the upward stardom of Shailene Woodley (The Divergent Series). The New Mutants will obviously introduce us to a whole new slew of (presumably) young mutants – including such ones as “Karma,” who can possess other people’s bodies and “Magma,” who can control lava – which means there’s big potential to find new breakout stars once more.
Producer Simon Kinberg said of the project:
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.
In addition to this mutant project, Boone is also on the shortlist to possibly direct Sony’s Spider-Man reboot. He is next set to work on The Vampire Chronicles for Universal, a reboot based on the Anne Rice books that were famously adapted into Interview With a Vampire back in the ’90s.
So over the next few years we’re going to be inundated with mutant adventures with Apocalypse, the Deadpool and Gambit spinoffs (to star Ryan Reynolds and Channing Tatum, respectively) and another Wolverine standlone movie which will reportedly be Hugh Jackman’s final appearance as the character.