It should become standard practice that any movie about teenagers be written by Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter. The duo were behind the screenplays for (500) Days of Summer, The Fault In Our Stars, The Spectacular Now, and Paper Towns, all pretty good or even great at showing what it feels like to be young and in love. Can they work that magic in a movie that also includes a girl who can teleport and a techno-organic alien? We'll find out because Weber and Neustadter have been hired to write X-Men spinoff, New Mutants.
They'll be reuniting with The Fault In our Stars director Josh Boone who has been aboard the film since the beginning. The New Mutants are basically the mutant junior leaguers, in training to become X-Men some day. In the comics they are initially trained by Charles Xavier, and it's expected James McAvoy will reprise that role along with Alexandra Shipp as Storm. As for the team roster it will include human rocket Cannonball, Wolfsbane the lycan shapeshifter, heat-absorber Sunspot, Colossus' magical teleporting sister Magik, Native American warrior Dani Moonstar, and the techno-organic being Warlock. Here's hoping they find a way to fit in Warlock's pal, Cypher, so we can get Douglock at some point. Anya-Taylor Joy (The Witch) has been rumored for the role of Magik, and she would be absolutely perfect for it, while Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) could play Wolfsbane.
There's still a lot we don't know about New Mutants, like where it fits in the overall X-Men franchise. Could it lead to a possible X-Force movie? Will Deadpool be involved somehow? How about a Wolverine cameo? Hopefully we'll start to learn more soon. [THR]