X-Men producer Simon Kinberg has spoken to IGN about their spin-off New Mutants, which he gives a brief update on. Reaffirming that Josh Boone is indeed still involved creatively with the project tackling the script, but again isn’t named director.
“Josh Boone and his writing partner are working on the script. They’re doing a really nice job of it, and it’s a really cool one, because in many ways, like Deadpool was so different from the mainline X-Men movies, New Mutants… It’s maybe not as different as Deadpool, but it has its own unique, original voice to it.”
As it stands Josh Boone might not end-up directing the film as previously expected with directing Stephen King adaptation The Revival next, along attaching himself to directing King’s The Stand and Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles as well. This doesn’t leave much room for him to direct New Mutants.
Simon also revealed that they could be aiming for a younger cast, not unlike First Class.
“That’s the fun for me, working in the X-Men universe, creating these sort of standalone movies that have a different vibe to them. And New Mutants has more of a YA [Young Adult] vibe to it.”
This makes complete sense since the comics had a much more younger vibe to it. He goes on to hint that characters we’ve seen in the films might be reprising their roles in the film.
“There’s a very deep bench. There’s a long, long list of names, and I’ll tell you some of the names on that list I don’t even know. That’s how deep it goes.”
We expect characters like Warpath, Blink, Sunspot, and Bishop could return for the film.
IGN name dropped Colossus’ younger sister Illyana Rasputin aka Magik as a potential addition and Kinberg teased her in his response.
“It’s a great role… It would be a great role to cast.”
At the moment, Wolverine 3 is expected to be the next X-Men production with a spring/summer shoot. Gambit will be delayed until later this year and Deadpool 2 is said to be in development, with screenwriters Paul Wernick and Reese Rhett also interested in rewriting Jeff Wadlow’s X-Force script.
New Mutants seemingly in a more developed script position over Deadpool 2 and X-Force, this could mean it might be next after Gambit. However, Fox hasn’t actually greenlit the film or even setup an official release date.
Bryan Singer likely won’t be able to takeover for Josh Boone, as he’s tackling Fox’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and is welcoming a break from making X-Men films. Giving us the impression that Fox will likely seek a new director to make New Mutants.
Who would you like to see direct New Mutants and what should the lineup be?