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‘New Mutants’: Josh Boone tapped for stand-alone ‘X-Men’ spinoff film

Move over “X-Men,” it’s time for some “New Mutants.”

20th Century Fox is expanding its “X-Men” franchise with a new stand-alone spinoff film to be written and directed by Josh Boone.

The cover for “The New Mutants” No. 1. (Marvel)

“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,” confirmed Simon Kinberg in a statement. The “X-Men” veteran producer is slated to produce the film with Lauren Shuler Donner.

Most recently, Boone directed “The Fault in Our Stars,” the 2014 adaptation of the John Green young adult novel of the same name starring “Divergent” series costars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as teens who meet in a cancer patients’ support group and fall in love. The film grossed $307.2 million worldwide during its theatrical run. Boone’s first film was 2012’s “Stuck in Love.”

Boone will co-write the “New Mutants” film with Knate Gwaltney.

The “New Mutants,” who in the comics are a group of teenage mutant heroes-in-training, were created by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod and were first introduced in 1982’s “Marvel Graphic Novel” No. 4. The original team consisted of Cannonball, Karma, Mirage, Sunspot and Wolfsbane.

Other upcoming films from Fox’s “X-Men” franchise include “Deadpool,” directed by Tim Miller and starring Ryan Reynolds, which will hit theaters Feb. 12, 2016. “X-Men: Apocalyse,” Bryan Singer’s follow-up to “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” is scheduled for a May 27, 2016 release.

– Tracy Brown | @tracycbrown |@LATHeroComplex

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