Considering the choice of Josh Boone to direct, the revelation of who will be penning the script for the New Mutants movie is not a surprising one. In what will represent a big-screen behind-the-scenes reunion of sorts, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Scott Neustadter and Michael H Weber – who worked with Boone on The Fault In Our Stars – are on screenwriting duties for Fox’s sideways sequel of sorts to X-Men: Apocalypse.
Considering their previous cinematic output, it’s a revealing glimpse of the direction that Fox seems to be heading in. In addition to The Fault In Our Stars, the pair worked together on bittersweet YA hits The Spectacular Now and Paper Towns, as well as anti-rom-com 500 Days Of Summer, so expect plenty of teen-orientated super-drama here, especially considering that since they’ll be working with a familiar face in Boone, there’s a strong case for saying that they’ll stick to what they know.
With Boone already having provided us with a sizeable hint of who his lead characters are likely to be (Cannonball, Mirage, Wolfsbane, Sunspot, Magik and Warlock were all teased by the director in a series of Instagram posts), as well as the strong rumours that James McAvoy and Alexandra Shipp will likely be reprising their roles as Professor Charles Xavier and Ororo Munroe/Storm respectively, there’ll be plenty of drama to play with considering the rich back stories of most of the characters. And as X-Men: Apocalypse showed, the series badly needs an interesting new direction to go in. Hopefully this will be it.
In addition, Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner will be on producing duties.
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