In the 1980’s, comics were ruled by two hot titles; the Uncanny X-Men and the New Teen Titans. So it should come as no surprise that a teen-oriented mutant book would be released to conquer Marvel’s competition once and for all. While never quite as popular as the New Teen Titans, the New Mutants had its core audience.
Back in the day, the New Mutants was a superb addition to the X-Men family. The first spin-off of the popular franchise, Claremont was joined by Brent Anderson and Bob McLeod in crafting a new team of youngsters to fill the space left by the X-Men who were thought to have died (imagine!). The series began with a stylish and slick graphic novel one-shot that gave the project a strong statement of support from Marvel. Awkward and lanky Sam Guthrie left his mining family to become Cannonball, Dani Moonstar departed the reservation to take on the name of Mirage, feisty Roberto da Costa turned his back on a life of luxury to become the super strong Sunspot, and shape-shifting Rahne Sinclair left the comfort of Scotland and was known as Wolfsbane. The team was initially led by a mutant previously introduced in the pages of Marvel Team-Up, Xi’an Coy Manh, also known as Karma.
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With the next X-Men film looking like it could be the last outing with Bryan Singer in the director’s chair and the final Wolverine movie looming on the horizon, 20th C Fox must be looking for the next big thing and this could be it.
Deadline is reporting that a New Mutants movie is in the works with The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone. Boone will reportedly also co-write the film with Knate Gwatlney, with Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner producing. No timeframe was specified for the movie’s release.
“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,” says Kinberg.
Boone is currently working on a revamped movie franchise for Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles book series, as well as a film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand. Deadline reports that both of those are locked in, meaning New Mutants wouldn’t begin filming for some time.
This is the fifth announced X-Men film in the works, after X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, the third Wolverine movie and the X-Force movie announced several months ago.
More as it comes…