Is Fox Expanding X-Franchise With a <i>New Mutants</i> Movie?

Even as Fox inches closer to the start dates for The Wolverine (August) and the sequel to X-Men: First Class (January), the studio may have an eye on expanding its lucrative franchise with, of all things ... a New Mutants movie.

Speaking with Fox CEO Tom Rothman at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Collider tossed out the possibility of spinning off the New Mutants, or some of Marvel's other X-characters, into their own features. The studio chief simply smiled and answered "Yes," before saying fans could expect an announcement in the summer.

Pressed by the website as to whether Fox is speaking to any filmmakers about the project (or projects), Rothman said, "All I have to say is, I agree with you in your assessment of the potential in a lot of these characters."

Created by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod, the New Mutants debuted in 1982 as young superheroes-in-training at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. Essentially, they were junior X-Men, a concept that's been resurrected a couple of times over the decades, both under the title New Mutants and New X-Men: Academy X.

How, beyond time period, Fox might differentiate a New Mutants movie from X-Men: First Class, with its young, inexperienced heroes, may prove an interesting exercise. But we'll likely have to wait until Comic-Con International in July to hear the pitch.

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