Sometimes in the entertainment news business, you come across rumors that are probably true, but which it would be irresponsible to report as fact (not that that stops many websites). Luckily, the journalism handbook lists an easy solution: phrase the headline in the form of a question. You see, then we are asking the question: will Fox’s New Mutants be a trilogy? Is this the production date and official title? That’s legit journalism right there.
The rumor in question comes from the website Omega Underground, though it’s been picked up by sites like ComicBook.com (which has squeezed two articles out of it so far). According to the site, we now have an official title and production date, which is based on the following screenshot of unknown origin that Omega says is “making the rounds on sites,” which good enough for an article with a question for its headline, we guess.
There’s plenty to speculate on based on this. Is X-Men: The New Mutants the name of the film? Will James McAvoy return as Professor Xavier, since the students are training at his school? Does filming begin in 2017? The answer to all of these questions may well be yes. Additionally, is the film the start of a new trilogy of X-Men films?
On that, we have a little more solid evidence, via a quote from director Josh Boone:
After I made The Fault in Our Stars, we made Fox a comic book. It walked them through a trilogy of New Mutant films that would build on each other. We used this program called Comic Life, and took all the images we had loved from the series and strung them together to show them the movie we wanted to do.
So Boone definitely pitched a trilogy, though whether Fox agreed to one is unknown at this time.
That’s okay though. We’re just asking the questions.