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Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, the writing team behind the hit YA adaptations The Fault in Our Stars and The Spectacular Now, are working on the script for New Mutants, Fox’s X-Men spinoff.
The move re-teams the duo with Josh Boone — the Fault in Our Stars filmmaker who is directing Fox’s take on the Marvel property that centers on a group of misfits trying to deal with their mutant powers — with whom they are working closely.
Simon Kinberg, the studio’s steward of the X-Men franchise, is producing.
Launched in the early 1980s, New Mutants, created by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod, was the first X-Men comic spinoff.
The movie will focus on the angst-driven adventures of a diverse group of teens that include Native American Danielle Moonstar, Scots girl Wolfsbane, Brazilian ladies man Sunspot, a Kentuckian code-named Cannonball, and Russian teen Magik. Also in the mix will be an alien named Warlock.
Boone, a lifelong fan of the comics and the Claremont-penned comics, and Knate Gwaltney wrote the initial draft and story.
While Neustadter and Weber are known for their hit takes on teen-oriented material, their upcoming work expands their repertoire.
They wrote The Masterpiece (formerly known as The Disaster Artist), a New Line upcoming fall comedy directed by James Franco who also stars alongside Dave Franco and Seth Rogen. The movie is a look at the making of what is considered to be one of the worst movies of all time, The Room.
The two recently adapted Our Souls at Night, a love story set up at Netflix that has Robert Redford and Jane Fonda attached to star.
Neustadter and Weber are repped by CAA, Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment and attorney Sean Marks.
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