20th Century Fox is moving forward with expanding the X-Men universe. With the success of Deadpool and X-Men films setting up this expanded universe, Fox appears to be moving forward on production of a New Mutants spinoff.
During a press junket for X-Men: Apocalypse producer/writer Simon Kinberg talked with Collider and opened up about the spin-off. Kinberg also confirmed a major player in the New Mutants film.
“Right now, as the movie exists, Professor X would be a part of a New Mutants movie.”
With this news breaking, one main question has surfaced. In New Mutants will Professor X be played by James McAvoy or Patrick Stewart?
An adaptation of the X-Men spinoff has been in development for many years. Fox has signed Jason Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) to co-write and direct the project. Boone has been teasing his plans for the film, including a second draft of the script which he showed off in April. It appears that production could be underway on the New Mutants as early as 2017.
For those unfamiliar with New Mutants, it tells the stories of a younger generation of teenage mutants that are currently at Professor Xavier’s School for the Gifted.