Fox squeezes the X-Men property again, this time for a New Mutants movie
Fox currently owns the rights to just two Marvel properties, but that hasn’t stopped it from absolutely squeezing at least one of those properties like an empty tube of toothpaste. It’s remarkable how much the studio is finding there, and there doesn’t seem to be any end to it, ever.
To be fair, one of those two franchises, the X-Men, has spawned enough characters to be its own comic line. There are more X-Men related titles out than some publishers have in their entire library.
The history of the X-Men is almost impossible to completely follow at this point. There have been so many reboots, alternate time lines, clones, Canadian teams, etc., etc. over the 50+ year history of the franchise, you need a degree quantum physics to begin to truly understand it all.
Throughout the years, there have been an ungodly amount of X-spinoffs. There are teams spunoff from teams that don’t even exist anymore – not that they have disbanded, they no longer exist in Marvel continuity. They have been completely wiped away. Others have been born and died, then born again. Then retroactively reborn as a team of aardvarks or something.
One of the older X-Men teams is the New Mutants. The team has had an interesting and bizarre history, but the general idea is that the New Mutants are a group of super powered students forced to survive in a world that hates them. That will likely be the basis for the film on the way, which is based on the comic.
According to Deadline, Fox has even closed a deal with The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone, who will also co-write.
Following the massive success of the low budget film The Fault in Our Stars, Boone became instantly sought after in Hollywood – so much so that his availability either means the studio is willing to wait a long while on New Mutants, or it is planning films years in advance.
Boone is currently working on The Vampire Chronicles, a reboot of Anne Rice’s book series that was previously adapted with Interview with the Vampire and Queen of the Damned. After that, he is expected to begin work on Stephen King’s The Stand. Both are massive projects that may contain spawn multiple movies. That means the New Mutants film could be years away.
When it does hit theaters, it will join an increasingly populated X-Men universe. Already on the way are: X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, Wolverine 3, and a Gambit movie. An X-Force film is also on the way, and probably more. And that’s not counting Fox’s Fantastic Four, which may cross over with Fox’s X-Men films, although that’s unconfirmed.
Technically, many of the New Mutant characters have already been introduced, sort of. The New Mutants are typically depicted as students in Xavier’s school, which means they – or their predecessors at least – made cameos in previous X-Men films.
The movie will likely bring on new people to star, although a few may appear in the coming films.