Fox is once again expanding its X-Men universe. The studio has just recruited The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone to helm the franchise’s latest spin-off, The New Mutants.
According to Deadline, The New Mutants will be a standalone spin-off,based on the series that first entered the X-Men Comics universe in the early 1980s. In addition to directing, Boone will co-write the big screen adaptation with Knate Gwaltney (who also wrote the upcoming Halle Berry flick, Kidnap). Longtime X-Men producer and scribe Simon Kinberg will again produce alongside Lauren Shuler Donner (Zero Dark Thirty).
So who exactly are the New Mutants? Created by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod, the comic was the first ever X-Men spinoff. It launched in 1982 just when X-Men was well on its way to becoming Marvel’s biggest franchise. The series centered on a second generation of mutants, who attended classes at Charles Xavier’s school and also trained to one day become full-fledged X-Men at night. It followed the young group as they not only dealt with typical angsty teenage problems (like crushes, heartbreak, and homework), but also came to terms with their powers and encountered their own adventures – ones that involved everything from alien invaders to teleportation mishaps.
The New Mutants put an emphasis on featuring a more diverse set of characters. The original lineup included Kentucky girl Sam Guthrie (Cannonball) native American Danielle Moonstar (also known as Mirage), Xia’n Coy Manh (Karma) from Vietnam, the Brazilian Robert da Costa (Sunspot), and Rahne Sinclaire (Wolfsbane) from Scotland. A second group of mutants eventually also joined the roster, including Doug Ramsey (aka Cypher), Amara Quilla (Magma) of the Roman Republic, Illyana Resputin (Magic) of Russian, and the cybernetic extraterrestrial, Warlock.
The most recent volume of New Mutants ran from 2008 to 2012 and starred the original team (featuring Cannonball, Karma, etc.). It remains unclear which combination of characters Fox’s new film will focus on…”