It's learned Fox Studios is making a new X-Men standalone spinoff movie with New Mutants, which will have Josh Boone as director.
Deadline reports, similar to its comic book counterpart, New Mutants introduces a new crop of mutant characters born with special powers.
Boone will co-writing the project with Knate Gwaltney, and Simon Kinberg will produce along with X-Men staple Lauren Shuler Donner.
Josh Boone was responsible for last year's smash hit The Fault in Our Stars, which grossed over $300 million on a $12 million budget.
Boone was also said to be a contender for the Marvel/Sony live-action Spider-Man reboot. Boone is supposed to direct The Vampire Chronicles next for Universal followed by The Stand; the article mentions New Mutants looks to be a few years away.
“We’re so excited to explore this new part of the X-Men universe," Simon Kinberg said. "And so excited to do it with Josh, who is uniquely suited to tell this story about young characters.”
In addition to New Mutants, Simon Kinberg and Fox are currently filming X-Men: Apocalypse and Deadpool; a sequel to The Wolverine is in the works with James Mangold and Hugh Jackman, and a Gambit movie is being planned starring Channing Tatum. Fantastic Four hits this Summer as well.
The fan-favorite Marvel Comics character Cable is a part of the New Mutants as is Deadpool and Domino. Comic book creator Rob Liefeld, who introduced the characters on the team in 1989, offered some enthusiastic tweets about the New Mutants movie. It should be noted it's unclear if the New Mutants movie will be based on Liefeld's best-selling run.
No idea if this is the "almost cancelled" low selling New Mutants cast or the best selling run I helmed. Sorry.— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) May 13, 2015
Glad to see Fox expand their X-Men brand... Hopefully they pick the best path, really like to see them compete on Marvel’s level.— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) May 13, 2015
This is the most popular rendition of The New Mutants. I'm fortunate that mine was the best selling run of the series. The book was beleaguered, near cancellation and frankly a hot mess until I brought Cable into the team. They announced that they are developing the comic as a new film today. Hope they choose wisely. #robliefeld #newmutants #marvel