According to Production Weekly, director Josh Boone’s film is being referred to as “Growing Pains,” which seems only fitting, as the story centers on the teen students at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters as they come into their own. Considering the project’s influences, which range from the 1984 Marvel Comics storyline “The Demon Bear Saga” to classic Amblin and John Hughes films, the nod to the popular 1980s sitcom “Growing Pains” doesn’t seem accidental.
No casting announcements have been made, but classic New Mutants characters have been teased: Danielle Moonstar, Cannonball, Sunspot, Wolfsbane, Magik and Warlock. Boone (“The Fault in Our Stars”) also fueled rumors in February by revealing concept art of “Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams as the shape-shifting Wolfsbane.
In “The Demon Bear Saga,” by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, the New Mutants must band together to save their teammate Dani Moonstar (Mirage), and themselves, from the enormous demonic bear that had killed her parents and stalked her. “It was really dark, interesting,” Boone recalled in December, “and different from the typical X-Men stories that we had read.”
Now in pre-production, “New Mutants” is expected to begin filming this summer in Montreal. It will open April 13, 2018.