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Friday, August 26, 2016

X-Men spin-off, New Mutants Is Gaining Steam

It may come as a shock to many, but there are still some mutants that have not yet made it to the big screen: Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod’s X-Men spin-off, New Mutants, being one of them.

The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone has been on board to helm New Mutants for a while, and has now brought some more Faults alumni into the X-world. Its screenwriting team Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber will be penning 20th Century Fox’s upcoming super-spin-off about the young bunch of ragtag mutants trained by (at different points over the comic's 1983-1991 run) Cable, Magneto and Professor X.

Neustadter and Weber are an inspired choice for the material, having connected with many a young cinemagoer thanks to their work on (500) Days Of Summer, Paper Towns and The Spectacular Now. They also have the upcoming James Franco-directed The Masterpiece on their slate: a behind-the-scenes look at Tommy Wiseau’s cult classic, The Room.

Simon Kinberg is back on producing duties, but the cast (and film’s central characters, of which there are many to choose from) is yet to be confirmed. Maisie Williams and Anya Taylor-Joy are heavily rumoured as the gifted youngsters, with Boone’s Instagram account appearing to hold the key to the mutants he hopes to include.

A lifelong fan of New Mutants, Boone is currently a very busy man. As well as his X-entry, he is tasked with bringing a new version of Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles to the big screen, and is writing and directing two Stephen King adaptations: The Stand and Lisey’s Story.

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