While the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse and next entry in the Wolverine series could possibly be the end of Bryan Singer’s two-part run with the franchise, that doesn’t mean you can expect the X-Men movies to slow down or take a break.
It’s been announced that a new spinoff of the franchise is on the way titled The New Mutants, and just as it sounds, the movie will introduce a whole new lineup of mutant characters. Fox has also hired a someone to make the movie, bringing in The Fault in Our Stars and Stuck in Love director Josh Boone to helm the project. Boone will also pen the screenplay along with Knate Gwaltney, with Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner producing.
Of the announcement, Kinberg said:
“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.”
Unless things change, it will be a while before we see The New Mutants. Boone is next set to direct a new adaptation of the Anne Rice novels titled The Vampire Chronicles. The books were previously adapted into the 1994 Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt hit Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles. After that he’s set to make a new adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand. He’s also been attached to another King adaptation, Lisey’s Story, and has been mentioned as one of the talents Marvel and Sony have been looking at to direct the Spider-Man re-reboot.
The New Mutants already exists in Marvel’s comic book universe, and it follows teenage mutants training at Professor Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters—much like we saw the teenage versions of the more well-known mutants of the X-Men cinematic universe doing in 2011’s X-Men: First Class.
Some of the New Mutants—Blink, Warpath, and Sunspot—made an appearance in last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.