The X-Men series at Fox was re-invigorated by the release of X-Men: First Class in 2011, but things seem to have really kicked into high gear since the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past last year. In the next two years alone, we get a culmination of sorts with X-Men: Apocalypse, a third Wolverine movie and two solo films starring Deadpool and Gambit. We've heard that Apocalypse will basically serve as ending of sorts to the saga that began with First Class, and we've been wondering since then where Fox would take its mutants next (because you know they're not about to let the chance of a successful shared universe just go away). Now it seems we have our answer.
The studio announced today that writer/director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) is developing a New Mutants spinoff film with co-writer Knate Gwaltney (Nitro Circus) and longtime X-Men producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg.
"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," Kinberg said.
Boone's primarily known for his romantic films, but since the success of The Fault in Our Stars he's been developing genre projects, including an ambitious new adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand, and his deft handling of teenage characters in Fault certainly makes him a good fit for the kind of teen soap opera something like New Mutants needs underneath all the superheroics. First introduced in the early '80s as a spinoff of the wildly successful Uncanny X-Men, New Mutants recaptured the energy of a team of young heroes still in training at the X-Mansion, and spawned numerous very popular characters. We don't yet know when we'll see the movie, or which mutants will be on the team, though reportedly the team will feature an "all-new cast of superheroes" (please introduce Magik, please introduce Magik ...).
So, even if the X-Men movie team as we know it will never be the same after Apocalypse, we know another team is waiting in the wings.