“Ahh, so the kid got lucky, that DON’T make her an X-Man! Not yet.”
News broke today that FOX Studios has cemented a deal to further expand its X-Men cinematic universe. With The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone on board, an adaptation of the Marvel title “The New Mutants” is now in the works. Conceived of as junior team to the X-Men, the original New Mutants title was first released in March of 1984 and concluded with issue #100 in April of 1991. The premise of the title focused on the school aspect of the Xavier Institute as seen through the eyes and adventures of a quintet (they had a shifting roster like any team) of teenage mutants, all of whom eventually ‘graduate’ as adults to become members of the X-Men.
Though Marvel released several new volumes of the same title in the years that came, the original title spawned popular characters in the 1990’s such as Cable, Domino and Deadpool. Boone is slated to co-write the film with Knate Gwaltney. Simon Kinberg will produce it along with Lauren Shuler Donner.
While I’m interested in seeing this film, I have grave reservations about it given FOX’s strained relationship with Marvel. FOX won’t sell the licensing rights to X-Men back to Marvel and, consequently, Marvel will not create any new x-characters. They know that if Marvel had the property once more, their rendition would dwarf anything that FOX has done with the material both critically and commercially. Nonetheless, if/when it’s released, I’m still going to check it out. I just hope it’s nothing like 1996’s Generation X, FOX’s made-for-TV X-Men spin-off that fell flat (though, at the time, I thought it was cool as Hell).
Sy L. Shackleford is a jack-of-all-trades columnist for Action A Go Go. A University of Connecticut graduate with a degree in both psychology and communication sciences, he is a walking encyclopedic repository for all things Marvel Comics, movies, hip-hop, et. al. You can follow him on Twitter @shack_house83.
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