The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone is poised to set to begin production early next year on X-Men spin-off The New Mutants, and recently discussed the ingenious pitch that ultimately led to the green light.
During an in-depth discussion with Creative Screenwriting, Boone revealed that he and co-writer Knate Gwaltney have been friends since childhood, and they leveraged their lifelong love of comic books into a development deal with Twentieth Century Fox.
“We had loved this X-Men spin-off, The New Mutants. We had loved Bill Sienkiewicz’s run with Chris Claremont that had Demon Bear. It was really dark, interesting, and different from the typical X-Men stories that we had read.
“After I made The Fault in Our Stars, we made Fox a comic book. It walked them through a trilogy of New Mutant films that would build on each other. We used this program called Comic Life, and took all the images we had loved from the series and strung them together to show them the movie we wanted to do.
“We brought it to Simon (Kinberg) and he really liked it. We’ve been going for the past year-and-a-half to get it ready, and I’m about to go location scout and we have a release date now.”
It comes as little surprise that New Mutants was conceived as a trilogy, especially with the future of Fox’s X-Men films so uncertain. Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy are no longer under contract, and re-signing the trio for another series of films could prove to be an expensive endeavor.
Building a new series around a cast of younger, lesser-known talent seems to be a much more cost-effective approach.
Some observers indicate that the film will center around the characters Wolfsbane, Magik, Sunspot, Danielle Moonstar, Mirage, and Cannonball, and that Boone will be adopting a more young-adult approach than previous franchise installments.
No official release date has been confirmed, but Fox is holding March 3, 2018 and June 29, 2018 for unnamed Marvel films, so there’s a good chance New Mutants will slide into one of those positions.
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