The New Mutants were often looked of as sort of an X-Men Jr. for kids. People might have stumbled upon them, saw how they were a little more twisted these characters were than the X-Men and the different kind of visuals provided by the artist and stayed with the series. Who will be directing this project, the man of the hour is Josh Boone, who just did Fox a huge solid with his hit adaptation of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. He will direct the film and also co-write the screenplay with longtime JACKASS cameraman Knate Gwaltney (who wrote the upcoming KIDNAP starring Halle Berry). Boone is already attached to Warner Bros. feature adaptation of Stephen King’s THE STAND, and he’s also on the shortlist for Sony’s next live-action SPIDER-MAN movie. Fox might be a little aggressive in trying to keep Boone on their own properties, since Marvel and/or Sony were individually and collectively trying to get them for the upcoming Spiderman project.
A little background on The New Mutants:
The New Mutants are a group of teenaged mutant superheroes-in-training published by Marvel Comics. They have been the main characters of three successive comic book series, which were spin-offs of the X-Men franchise.
The first team of New Mutants characters was created by Chris Claremont and artist Bob McLeod. They first appeared in 1982’s Marvel Graphic Novel #4 and are subsequently featured in their own title from 1983 until 1991. Like its parent title, The New Mutants highlighted interpersonal and group conflict as well as action and adventure, and featured a large ensemble cast, including the introduction of cult figure Deadpool. With the end of the first series, the characters were relaunched as X-Force in a new, eponymous series.
The second New Mutants series, launched in 2003, featured a new group of teenage mutants. Unlike the original New Mutants, they were part of a huge cast of students at the Xavier Institute. In 2004, it was relaunched as New X-Men: Academy X, after which the central group was formally dubbed the “New Mutants.” In the aftermath of the “M-Day” crossover storyline in late 2005, the remaining students were merged into one junior team, the New X-Men.
The third New Mutants series, reuniting most of the original team, was launched in May 2009.
The main characters include:
- Cannonball (Samuel Guthrie), a mild-mannered Kentuckian and eventual co-leader, who became nigh-invulnerable when rocketing through the air.
- Karma (Xi’an Coy Manh), a 19-year-old Vietnamese girl and the team’s original leader, who could mentally possess other people’s bodies.
- Mirage (Danielle Moonstar, originally codenamed Psyche), a Cheyenne and eventual co-leader after Karma’s “death,” who could create visual empathic three-dimensional illusions.
- Sunspot (Roberto da Costa), a Brazilian who gained superhuman strength fueled by sunlight and could store solar energy in his body to use his super strength during the night.
- Wolfsbane (Rahne Sinclair), a Scot who could transform into a wolf-like creature.
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