Josh Boone signs to write/direct THE NEW MUTANTS.

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Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox has closed a deal with “The Fault In Our Stars” director Josh Boone to co-write and direct THE NEW MUTANTS. Boone will co-write with Knate Gwaltney, with Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner returning as longtime producers.

In the comics, The New Mutants were teenaged students of Professor Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, much like the original X-Men, who had since grown into adulthood. The original series highlighted interpersonal and group conflict as well as action and adventure, and featured a large ensemble cast, including the introduction of cult figure Deadpool and Cable. With the end of the first series, the characters were relaunched as X-Force in a new, eponymous series.

“We’re so excited to explore this new part of the X-Men universe, and so excited to do it with Josh, who is uniquely suited to tell this story about young characters,” said Kinberg.

‘New Mutants’ is a project that Shuler Donner has wanted to make since the early X-Men films, so it’s exciting to see it finally get off the ground.

No theatrical release date has been given, though Fox has a mysterious July 13, 2018 date that is still unclaimed.

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