Per Deadline, 20th Century Fox has closed a deal on its latest X-Men franchise spin-off, as writer/director Josh Boone (The Fault in our Stars) is set to co-script and direct The New Mutants. Boone will co-write the script for this new stand-alone with Knate Gwaltney (Cardboard Boxer).
Fox’s Marvel “godfather” Simon Kinberg, who will be producing The New Mutants alongside Lauren Shuler Donner, 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.
I’m not much of an X-Men fan, but I always remember loving The New Mutants, especially once Bill Sienkiewicz came on board with some of most gorgeously detailed art my young eyes had ever seen in a comic. Eventually the Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod created series became X-Force, which has also been rumored for the big screen treatment. It’s likely that this project may stalled that possibility for the time being.
Boone has a busy schedule of late, as he’s currently set to adapt Anne Rice‘s The Vampire Chronicles for Universal (in another attempt at jump-starting that series) and Stephen King‘s The Stand for Warner Bros. It’s likely this film will see release in 2018.