'X-Men' Spinoff 'The New Mutants' Planned At Fox

Fox is preparing to further expand the X-Men universe with a spinoff film, The New Mutants, set to be helmed by The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone.

The New Mutants movie is described as a standalone spinoff that will expand the X-Men movie universe, introducing a field of new mutant characters. According to Deadline, Boone will co-write with Knate Gwaltney as well as direct the film, while Simon Kinberg will produce it alongside Lauren Shuler Donner. As Slashfilm points out, Donner represents a link to the previous films in the X-Men franchise, while Kinberg is "Fox's current go-to for future films."

Kinberg expressed the studio's faith in Boone, citing his previous success with young audiences with The Fault in Our Stars.

"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."

The New Mutants is hardly the only film on the horizon set to expand the X-Men universe, which is poised to grow in several directions. Deadpool is currently filming, with Ryan Reynolds starring as the character (who was first introduced in The New Mutants comics) and Tim Miller directing. Bryan Singer is prepping X-Men: Apocalypse for a 2016 premiere, as the Inquisitr previously reported, while Channing Tatum is attached to Gambit, a film exploring a classic member of the X-Men that has been conspicuously absent from prior films. Meanwhile, Hugh Jackman is readying for what will likely be his last turn in the X-Men, a third Wolverine film that will see him once more fill a role that he has defined since 2000.

X-Men fans should understand, however, that The New Mutants movie is still a long way from hitting the screen. Work on the script is just beginning, and Boone reportedly has several commitments before tackling the X-Men spinoff. His next project is The Vampire Chronicles at Universal, a reboot of the Anne Rice film universe, which he will then follow with an adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand. All of this means The New Mutants is still a few years off, but X-Men fans can likely expect the spinoff to hit theaters somewhere around 2018-2019.

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