Josh Boone to write and direct new X-Men spinoff, The New Mutants by Sara Vilkomerson • @Vilkomerson
Posted May 13 2015 — 4:56 PM EDT
The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone will co-write and direct The New Mutants, an expansion of the X-Men universe for Fox. Boone, a longtime comic-book fan, pitched the film along with a new comic-book for the series, and sources familiar with the project say the film will be based on the 1980s run of the Marvel comic, and that tonally it will be—”John Hughes meets Stephen King”—leaning towards horror and the supernatural.
Knate Gwaltney will co-write the script. Producer Simon Kinberg told Deadline, which broke the story, “We’re so excited to explore this 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 very excited about this, several of my very favorite X-Men characters originated in the New Mutants roster. It would also be extremely interesting if Magneto ends up being the team's leader/mentor/guardian, the way he originally was in the comics.
New X-Men Spinoff Casts Two Characters
New Mutants finds actors to play Wolfsbane and Magik. Last updated by Eddie Makuch on May 11, 2017 at 6:03PM
The X-Men spinoff film New Mutants is moving forward and has now signed two actors.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) and Anya Taylor-Joy (Split) have joined the film. Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) is directing, with production set to begin in July.
The movie follows teen characters Moonstar, Wolfsbane, Sunspot, Cannonball, Magik, and Warlock. Williams is lined up to play Wolfsbane, who is apparently struggling to "reconcile her religious beliefs with her power to turn into a wolf." Taylor-Joy is playing Magik, the sister of Colossus who has teleportation powers.
Rahne "Wolfsbane" Sinclair, the tortured Scottish lycanthrope, is one of my top five personal favorite characters out of the entire extended X-Men roster. So I'm very interested to see how this turns out.