Fox's own cinematic universe for the X-Men is about to get bigger. Deadline reports that the studio just signed The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone to co-write and direct new X-Men spinoff, The New Mutants.
The New Mutants are the younger, angstier team at Xavier's school
The New Mutants originated in 1982, at the height of the classic X-Men's run, and focused on a younger, more angsty group of mutants at Charles Xavier's academy. While they did have to contend with regular teenage issues, the group's adventures were also frequently weirder than their older counterparts. For instance, Magik, in addition to being a mutant and X-Man Colossus' sister, is also the Sorceress Supreme of the demonic Limbo dimension. Boone will be charged with balancing the youthfulness of the team with some of the series' darker themes.
After a slow few years, the X-Men franchise is growing at a remarkable clip lately. Deadpool (who originated in the pages of The New Mutants, incidentally) is due to hit theaters next February, with X-Men: Apocalypse seeing release just three months later. And with the third and final Wolverine movie on the way, fans can officially expect four X movies in the next few years.