Deadline.com has reported that 20th Centure Fox ""has closed a deal with The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone to co-write and direct The New Mutants, a standalone spin-off that expands its X-Men movie universe." It has also been confirmed that the movie will be produced by SImon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner. Kinberg was quoted as saying "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." Both producers have experience with the X-Men franchise. Kinberg worked as a producer on First Class and Days of Future past, while Donner was production credits on X-Men, X-Men 2, The Last Stand, First Class, Origins: Wolverine, The Wolverine, Days of Future Past, and many upcoming X-titles.
The New Mutants is a spin-off comic series of the long-running Uncanny X-Men series. The series focused on a new batch of Teenage recruits from around the world, learning from a myriad of different instructors as major events such as The X-Terminators and Apocalypse happened around them. New Mutants was created by the man that single-handedly turned X-Men into a phenomenon, Chris Claremont, and Bob McLeon in the early 80's and running until 1991. During that time, Claremont and McLeod created some of the most interesting and complex characters in the X-Men universe, as well as some of my personal favorites. If Magik, Warlock, Karma, Sunspot and Wolfsbane don't appear, I may not even bother.
I don't have a whole lot of hope, as one whose been unimpressed by recent marvel movies, as well as having literally rolled in joyous laughter at the absurdity of newer X-Men movies. it doesn't help that an announced co-writer, Knate Gwaltney, has such amazing credits as production on Bad Grandpa, and writing credits on an upcoming Halle Berry movie. Not to mention that the director of The Fault in Our Stars is directing it. Meaning it'll probably turn into a shitty teenage romance. I do, however, hope it will exceed my expectations, and I'm thrilled that The New Mutants are getting some well-deserved spotlight. Those who haven' read the comics are missing out an an underappreciated gem.