Another spinoff due to arrive in Fox’s vast X-Men universe is New Mutants. First announced back in May 2015 and currently in the early development stages, the Josh Boone-directed film is taking its time reaching production and we’re no closer to knowing when cameras may begin to roll. But don’t expect it to be anytime soon; THR reports that two of Boone’s regular collaborators have signed on to rework the script.
According to the outlet, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber will now be writing the screenplay. The pair worked on Boone’s The Fault In Our Stars, further proving their gift for YA screenwriting on Paper Towns and The Spectacular Now. While there’s no doubt that the duo are talented pair, it’ll definitely be interesting to see them step outside their wheelhouse, to mesh teen angst with superhuman abilities. It’s not referred to in the report, but it’s expected that the pair will rework and/or polish up the earlier drafts penned by Boone and Knate Lee.
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Along with today’s creative update comes word from The Witch star Anja Taylor-Joy, who was rumored earlier this year to be in Boone’s crosshairs for the role of Magik. Whether she’s still on his wishlist is unknown, but here’s what the actress told IGN about her potential involvement:
“I think the world is really fascinating. I’d love to be a part of it. It would be wonderful.”
Based on comments from producer Simon Kinberg, New Mutants plans to capture a whole new corner of the mutant universe, with its own unique voice much like Deadpool‘s. Well, not R-rated and full of politically-incorrect shenanigans, but in terms of staking out its own territory within Fox’s vast X-Men world. While new pastures are great, there’ll still be some familiar faces showing up, as Professor X and Negasonic Teenage Warhead are key characters in the New Mutants comic storylines.