Director/writer Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars), who was hired awhile back by Fox to craft a New Mutants film for their X-Men franchise, has announced via Twitter that the first draft of the screenplay, co-written with Knate Gwaltney, is completed. Not much is known about the project beyond the fact that Boone is expected to direct it. We honestly don’t even know just yet if it is meant to be a spin-off (ala Deadpool and Gambit) or an actual entry in the core X-Men franchise.
At the moment, this writer is leaning towards betting on it being the latter. This is partly because Fox has yet to commit to a team-based spin-off (although X-Force is still in the works), but mostly because Bryan Singer is clearly sitting out the next X-Men film. The director, X-Men‘s guiding hand for the majority of the films, was recently attached to direct an adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea for the studio. While Singer has made it clear that he is not leaving his beloved mutants behind, Leagues is likely to hit theaters in Summer 2018, the same year that the next main saga X-Men film should arrive. With this in mind, as well as the fact that we have no clue what characters Boone & Gwaltney have included in their script, I’m going out on a limb and speculating that X-Men: New Mutants will be our direct follow-up to next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse.
I could be entirely wrong in my speculation and things could change, as always. Hell, at one point, Zak Penn was hired to write a New Mutants film set after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand. This project seems unlikely to follow that direction, given that James Mangold’s The Wolverine 2 is supposed to be the final swan song of Jackman’s Wolverine and that era of the franchise, however. We won’t know for certain one way or another until more details on the project come to light; something that likely will not occur until after Apocalypse hits screens this coming May. In the meantime, be it spin-off or Apocalypse follow-up, what storyline and/or character would you like to see explored in both this and future films in general?