It appears that Fox is taking a calculated risk with their new standalone spinoff series The New Mutants, which will expand its X-Men movie universe. The series, of course, already exists as part of the X-Men Comics universe, and it introduces a new group of mutants born with special powers.
The aforementioned risk being that they will have the currently trending The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone co-write and direct the movie. Knate Gwaltney will be the other co-writer and Simon Kinberg will produce along with Lauren Shuler Donner.
It shouldn't come as a shock that Boone was chosen, what with the success of the more youthful The Fault In Our Stars. He pretty much came out of nowhere with the film, but he proved that he could bring youthful pathos to the screen, and make a great film with some relatively new-to-the-game actors.
The numbers don't lie either... the movie had a modest $12 million budget and grossed $307 million worldwide. Fox is certainly hoping he can knock this new X-Men franchise out the park in similar fashion.
Obviously, someone like Boone is a hot commodity in Hollywood right now. He's linked to two Stephen King novel adaptations, The Stand and Lisey's Story. He's also been mentioned as one of the directors that Marvel and Sony have been hoping could take on the live-action Spider-Man franchise reboot.
So, next on his agenda is The Vampire Chronicles at Universal, which is a reboot based on the Anne Rice novels. He has The Stand after that, so he won't have time to devote to The New Mutants until a couple more years from now.
Here is what producer Simon Kinsberg had to say about this expansion on the X-Men franchise with Boone at the helm:
“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.”
They went after the right guy, if you ask me. It looks like he's next to blow in the demographic of director that the spinoff requires.
All I know is if he can do anything like the Quicksilver scene from Days of Future Past, they'll be set and I will give them all of my money and buy every kernel of popcorn in the freakin' concessions at my local theater.