Before he gets around to a pair of Stephen King adaptations, filmmaker Josh Boone’s immediate next project is the X-Men spin-off “New Mutants” which is expected to begin filming in May in Canada.
Speaking with Creative Screenwriting about his joining the “X-Men” universe, he revealed that his plans for the film may be more ambitious than first thought. Along with being a potential trilogy launcher, and the use of the villain Demon Bear in a major role, Boone explains how he pitched the project to Fox and producer Simon Kinberg:
“We had loved this X-Men spinoff, The New Mutants. We had loved Bill Sienkiewicz’s run with Chris Claremont that had Demon Bear. It was really dark, interesting, and different from the typical X-Men stories that we had read.
After I made ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ we made Fox a comic book. It walked them through a trilogy of New Mutant films that would build on each other. We used this program called Comic Life, and took all the images we had loved from the series and strung them together to show them the movie we wanted to do.
We brought it to Simon and he really liked it. We’ve been going for the past year and a half to get it ready, and I’m about to go location scout and we have a release date now.”
At present the film is said to be targeting a Spring 2018 release date.