‘X-Men’ Spinoff Film ‘New Mutants’ Details

‘X-Men’ Spinoff Film ‘New Mutants’ Details

By Amanda Joyce Jan 08, 2016 12:21 PM
Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox

While Marvel studios has slowly been acquiring the screen rights to its comic book characters back over the last few years, FOX has been holding fast to the X-Men and related properties, and they’ve set out to expand on the franchise in a big way. 2015 saw a lot of announcements for the X-Men universe, including the upcoming spinoff film New Mutants from Josh Boone. In a new interview with Empire Magazine, producer and writer for many of the X-movies Simon Kinberg revealed that they’re referring to the project as a “Young Adult movie.”

Kinberg, who wrote on the scripts for X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, has also worked as a producer on nearly ever X-property since X-Men: First Class. He’s also producing the troubled Gambit film, Deadpool, and the two television spinoffs Legion and Hellfire. All of those properties are much more adult than it sounds like New Mutants will be, but is this really surprising?

The comic book series New Mutants did, after all, begin its run with a focus on teenagers being trained to become X-Men, much like the early 2000s Marvel comic book series Generation X would do a couple of decades later. Some of the most well known characters in the franchise, like Magik AKA Illyana Rasputin, are children when they’re introduced to the comics. As the younger sister of X-Man Colossus (who we’ll be seeing again on the big screen in Deadpool), Illyana was introduced during his character’s first appearance as a child when he saved her life. Years later, she would be revealed as a mutant as well. The comic book series featured a large focus on relationships amongst the teammates as the teenagers learned to navigate their abilities.

Josh Boone, who is both writing and directing the movie, is also known these days for his work in the YA genre. While he’s had other projects, the movie most often attached to his name is the adaptation of the John Green novel The Fault In Our Stars where he directed Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as a pair of terminally ill teens who find love.

It’s time for FOX to expand their comic book genre into new fields though. Marvel Studios has been doing it with their projects for the last few years - Guardians of the Galaxy is a space opera, Captain America: Civil War is a political drama, Agent Carter is a spy series, and Jessica Jones is a psychological thriller, just to name a few. Most of the X-Men movies have followed the same “save the world” format without allowing them to branch off into new genres. The comedic Deadpool and the coming television projects from FOX might be the first step in changing that, but New Mutants will definitely add to the expansion.

In the X-universe, Deadpool will hit theaters in February, X-Men: Apocalypse will land in theaters in May, and Gambit was scheduled for the end of the year, but it’s seen several delays behind the scenes. New Mutants doesn’t yet have a scheduled release date.

Tags: X-Men (2000), X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), X-Men: First Class (2011), Deadpool (2016), Simon Kinberg, Josh Boone, X-Men
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