Teen ‘X-Men’ spin-off in the works from ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ director

'The New Mutants' will be based on the Marvel Comics series of the same name

The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone is to co-write and direct a new teen-themed X-Men spin-off film.

The New Mutants will be based on the Marvel Comics series of the same name, which follows a group of teenage mutants training to become superheroes. According to Deadline, Boone’s film will expand the X-Men universe by introducing a new batch of characters born with special powers to the big screen.

X-Men franchise veterans Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner will serve as producers on the film, which Boone will co-write with Jackass veteran Knate Gwaltney. “We’re so excited to explore this new part of the X-Men universe, and so excited to do it with Josh, who is uniquely suited to tell this story about young characters,” Kinberg said.

The New Mutants is in development now at Fox, but the studio has yet to confirm a release date. The next regular X-Men film, Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, started shooting in Toronto last month (April) and is set for release on May 27, 2016.

Boone made his directorial debut with 2012’s Stuck In Love starring Jennifer Connelly and Greg Kinnear, but has become highly sought after since last year’s The Fault In Our Stars, an adaptation of John Green’s novel of the same name which grossed over $307 million (£194 million) worldwide from a modest $12 million (£7.5 million) budget. Boone is also rumoured to be in the frame to direct the next Spider-Man film, which will reboot the franchise with a much younger Peter Parker.