Fox already has a handful of X-Men spinoff movies in the works based on the characters Wolverine, Deadpool and Gambit. Now the X-Men's junior varsity team, The New Mutants, are getting their own stand-alone film, according to a report from Deadline.
Josh Boone, director of The Fault in Our Stars and Stuck in Love, is attached to co-write and direct The New Mutants for Fox. He'll co-write with Knate Gwaltney, who's credited with producing various Jackass productions and Loiter Squad.
The New Mutants were introduced in 1982 as a spin-off of Marvel's X-Men comics. The team consisted of young mutants who trained under X-Men leader Charles Xavier at his School for Gifted Youngsters. The original team consisted of Cannonball, who could fly in a nigh-invulnerable state; Mirage, who could create illusions based on the emotions of others; Sunspot, who gained super strength from solar energy; Wolfsbane, a werewolf-like mutant; and Karma, who could posses others' bodies.
The team later expanded with Cypher, a master of languages; Warlock, an alien changeling; Magma, who could control lava; and Magik, a transdimensional teleporter and sibling of the X-Men's Colossus.
Professor X's goal for the team was not to train a new group of superheroes, but to teach the young mutants to control their powers. However, the New Mutants regularly found themselves in dangerous situations, sometimes of their own making. Their chief rivals were a group of teenage mutants known as The Hellions, who trained under Emma Frost, aka the White Queen. Her character was played by January Jones in X-Men: First Class.
The New Mutants were created by longtime X-Men writer Chris Claremont and Bob MacLeod.
Over the next few years, Fox plans to continue its X-Men movie series with Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, Gambit and a third Wolverine movie.