X-Men Spin-Off 'The New Mutants' to Be Helmed by 'The Fault in Our Stars' Director Josh Boone

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 - 3:45PM
X-Men
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 - 3:45PM
X-Men Spin-Off 'The New Mutants' to Be Helmed by 'The Fault in Our Stars' Director Josh Boone
With Bryan Singer's X-Men tenure coming to an end with the upcoming Apocalypse, Fox is taking the franchise in a slightly new direction, with a standalone spin-off that will focus on a new roster of mutants. Now, Deadline reports that the spin-off, called The New Mutants, will be helmed by Josh Boone, best known for directing the adaptation of John Green's young adult tearjerker, The Fault in Our Stars.

The movie will be based on the comics series of the same name, which focuses on a new crop of teenagers who discover mutant powers. As a result, Boone's hiring makes a little more sense; Simon Kinberg, who will stay on as producer for the standalone, called Boone "uniquely suited to tell this story about young characters." 

But still, and I feel myself becoming a broken record as I say this, Boone is one of a long string of young white male directors who are being given a chance to helm huge blockbusters with relatively little experience with filmmaking and no experience with action movies. The Fault in Our Stars was only Boone's second film, after his feature film debut Stuck in Love. I haven't seen either film, but presumably neither of them include large action set-pieces. I'm sure he'll do a great job, but it is a troubling trend.

Boone will get his feet wet with the sci-fi/fantasy genre, at least, before directing The New Mutants. He will next be directing The Vampire Chronicles, based on the Anne Rice novels, and then will helm the adaptation of Stephen King's sci-fi epic, The Stand. As a result, we can expect that The New Mutants won't be appearing on our screens for at least a couple more years.
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