Fox CEO Tom Rothman is, as you might expect, down in Las Vegas for Cinemacon where he has previewed a whole bunch of the studio’s upcoming films. He also took some time to do interviews, and possibly reveal the first hint of a New Mutants movie in the pipeline.
The New Mutants, on the off chance you don’t know who they are, get this basic blurb on Wikipedia:
The New Mutants are a group of teenaged mutant superheroes-in-training published by Marvel Comics. They have been the main characters of three successive comic book series, which were spin-offs of the popular X-Men franchise.
Which of those three series would form the basis of a film is anybody’s guess, though I suppose the current version would be far and away the most likely.
Collider spoke to Rothman at Cinemacon and believe the following exchange “all but confirmed that a New Mutants movie will be announced soon.”
Collider: I know you guys have New Mutants and a lot of characters in the X-Men universe. Obviously you guys are moving forward on an X-Men sequel, you’re moving forward on Wolverine, do you envision New Mutants or some of these other characters as franchises that the door can be open to? It does seem to me that the superhero genre is bigger than it’s ever been, and you guys have some of the crown jewels.
Rothman: (smiles) Yes.
Collider: When can fans expect an announcement on some of these other properties? Before Comic-Con, after Comic-Con, at Comic-Con?
Rothman: In the summer.
Collider: Are you talking to filmmakers right now?
Rothman: Let me just say this. All I have to say is, I agree with you in your assessment of the potential in a lot of these characters.
Well, there must have been all sorts of absolutely screaming non-verbal communication going on.
I’m sure a New Mutants film will happen someday. Is it on the verge of being announced? I’m not so sure. Not yet.