New Mutants, an X-Men spin-off in development by Fox, will start to film in Summer next year and director Josh Boone is already thinking about turning it into a franchise. Not only that, but a storyboard released a few weeks ago teased the villain Demon Bear, and he’s seemingly been confirmed as an antagonist for the trilogy.
In a conversation with Collider, Boone revealed how he pitched the New Mutants movie to producer Simon Kinsberg: he wanted it to be a trilogy in which each movie builds upon the previous. Not only that, but he showed interest in Demon Bear. This pretty much confirms the character’s involvement with the movie, he may not be the main villain but he could still cause some trouble for the young Mutants.
“We had loved this X-Men spinoff, The New Mutants. We had loved Bill Sienkiewicz’s run with Chris Claremont that had Demon Bear. It was really dark, interesting, and different from the typical X-Men stories that we had read.
After I made The Fault in Our Stars, we made Fox a comic book. It walked them through a trilogy of New Mutant films that would build on each other. We used this program called Comic Life, and took all the images we had loved from the series and strung them together to show them the movie we wanted to do.
We brought it to Simon and he really liked it. We’ve been going for the past year and a half to get it ready, and I’m about to go location scout and we have a release date now.”
Let’s hope the first New Mutants movie proves to be a breath of fresh air in an X-Men universe that’s messy and somewhat disappointing!