“This week we got another major update for the X-Men movie universe with news that Gambit starring Channing Tatum would finally enter productionthis fall with director Doug Liman still attached to direct. With Gambitseemingly back on track, Deadpool 2 confirmed, and new release datesalready set for unannounced X-Men movies, studio Twentieth Century Fox is quickly adjusting and planning out their key superhero tentpoles.
Much has changed over the last year for Fox’s plans with rewrites and director-dropouts on Gambit, Hugh Jackman’s announcement that he’s only doing one more Wolverine movie, the success of Deadpool, and the failure of Fantastic Four. And as a result, new properties are being explored including that of a film based on the New Mutants.
New Mutants ran as an ongoing series throughout the ’80s until it transformed into Rob Liefeld’s (creator of Deadpool) mega popular X-Force in 1991, and a movie based on the property was namedropped by X-Men franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner in 2009. Now that Fox is banking heavily on their Marvel licenses with comic book movie dominating Hollywood, last summer the studio officially announced the project with Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars) set to direct and co-writing the script with Knate Gwaltney (of Jackass fame).
“Josh Boone and his writing partner are working on the script. They’re doing a really nice job of it, and it’s a really cool one, because in many ways, like Deadpool was so different from the mainline X-Men movies, New Mutants… It’s maybe not as different as Deadpool, but it has its own unique, original voice to it.”
“That’s the fun for me, working in the X-Men universe, creating these sort of standalone movies that have a different vibe to them. And New Mutants has more of a YA [Young Adult] vibe to it.”
For fans of the films the bigger question might then be about which characters will be on the team’s roster.
“There’s a very deep bench. There’s a long, long list of names, and I’ll tell you some of the names on that list I don’t even know. That’s how deep it goes…”