‘The Fault In Our Stars’ Director Is Doing An ‘X-Men’ Spinoff And I Can’t Feel My Legs
If you didn’t hear the loudest gasp of excitement in the entire world just now, then you probably haven’t heard the following news, either: Josh Boone, director of “The Fault In Our Stars,” is working on an “X-Men” movie spin-off called “The New Mutants.”
We’ll pause to allow you to catch your breath for a moment.
So, in case you’re not intimately familiar with the “X-Men” comic books, “New Mutants” follows exactly what the title implies: a class of newer, younger superpowered mutants who go to Xavier’s School. There’s been a bunch of different takes on the idea, but the original gist was the X-Men were their teachers, and these new mutants went through all the typical high school angst and falling in love… But with powers.
Oh, and there was one issue that I read as a kid that basically traumatized me and totally defined how I approached romantic relationships for the rest of my life, but that’s neither here nor there.
Anyway, this is great news not just because we may see Cypher (kid who can translate languages), Rahne (werewolf girl) and more mutants on screen for the first time — but also because Boone perfectly captured the feel of being a teenager with, shall we say, certain challenges, in “The Fault In Our Stars.” So we can fully expect he’s going to nail this harder than Isaac nailing his girlfriend’s house with an egg.
It also marks a chance to bring some more diversity to the “X-Men” movies: traditionally, the lineup has included Brazilian Sunspot (played in “Days of Future Past” by Adan Canto), Native American Dani Moonstar, and Magik, who is Russian, but you know, we’ll take what we can get.
According to a quote from Deadline, FOX — and “X-Men” movie guru Simon Kinberg — are equally excited to have Boone on board.
“We’re so excited to explore this new part of the X-Men universe,” Kinberg said, “and so excited to do it with Josh, who is uniquely suited to tell this story about young characters.”
Maybe in this movie, Hazel Grace could literally be a grenade.