Fox has hired a director and writers for a New Mutants feature, part of the growing array of films around its X-Men license.  Josh Boone, who broke out last year with the teen cancer drama The Fault In Our Stars, will direct and co-write, along with co-writer Knate Gwaltney, according to Deadline. Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner will produce. 

Fox has been hinting at a New Mutants movie since at least 2012 (see “’New Mutants’ Movie in the Works”), and bringing in the younger hero team, created by Chris Claremont in 1982, would make a nice complement to its X-Men, Wolverine, and now Deadpool franchises. 

Boone is backed up with The Vampire Chronicles, based on the Anne Rice novels, and The Stand, based on the Stephen King novel, so if production does move forward with Boone, it will be a while before New Mutants begins shooting.