Back in April, The New Mutants director and co-writer Josh Boone revealed that he had turned in a second draft of the script that he had written with Knate Lee. It was later confirmed that the movie would be set in the 1990s, likely following the precedent set by the X-Men prequel trilogy that concluded this summer with the 1980s-set X-Men: Apocalypse. Today we have word that the project has brought on the writing team of Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber.
The Hollywood Reporter has the news, which reunites the writers with director Josh Boone, who they worked with on the 2014 young adult hit movie The Fault In Our Stars. The new writers coming aboard actually makes perfect sense, since producer Simon Kinberg revealed in May that New Mutants has "more of a YA vibe to it." Along with The Fault In Our Stars, this duo also wrote the scripts for hits such as 500 Days of Summer, The Spectacular Now and last year's Paper Towns.
Josh Boone also revealed the New Mutants characters on Instagram back in May, confirming that Magik, Wolfsbane, Dani Moonstar, Cannonball, Sunspot and Warlock will be part of this story. There had previously been rumors that Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams was being eyed to play Wolfsbane, a.k.a. Rahne Sinclair, with The Witch star Anya Taylor-Joy reportedly coming aboard to play Magik, a.k.a. Illya Rasputin, the younger sister of Colossus. There has also been talk that X-Men: Apocalypse star Alexandra Shipp will return as Storm, with Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler) also being eyed to return.
There has also been talk that Deadpool star Brianna Hildebrand will reprise her role as Negasonic Teeage Warhead in New Mutants, since she's seen wearing a New Mutants uniform from the comics towards the end of the movie. Her involvement has yet to be confirmed, but with a new draft of the script being worked on by these writers, it's certainly possible that she could be part of the story. 20th Century Fox has yet to set a release date for The New Mutants yet.
Aside from their popular YA movies, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber also created the NBC series Friends With Benefits, and they also wrote The Pink Panther 2. The writing duo also wrote The Masterpiece for James Franco, who directs and stars as The Room director Tommy Wiseau in this movie that goes behind-the-scenes of this cult classic. They also wrote the script for the upcoming Let It Snow, which is based on a short story by The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns author John Green.