Perhaps one of today’s rising stars in the world of filmmaking is writer/director Josh Boone. As of right now, Boone only has three credits to his name: Stuck in Love, The Fault in Our Stars, and All We Had (for which Boone only received screenplay credit). Of those three, only one has received a certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and yet on the heels of The Fault in Our Stars, Boone managed to leverage his success and attach himself to many high profile projects including three Stephen King projects (The Stand, Revival, Lisey’s Story), an adaptation of The Vampire Chronicles, and finally, X-Men: The New Mutants.
Given the filmmakers hit-or-miss track record thus far, it’s hard to say whether or not we can expect great things from this X-Men spinoff, but if nothing else, he’s a filmmaker with real enthusiasm and an even more real fanboy sensibility (I recommend looking up an interview he had with Kevin Smith a few years back. This guy is a bona fide geek). It was inevitable that the passion would bleed over into his professional life.
Speaking with Creative Screenwriting, Boone revealed that he’d gone the extra mile when pitching a New Mutants trilogy to 20th Century Fox. Here’s what he had to say:
“We had loved this X-Men spinoff, The New Mutants. We had loved Bill Sienkiewicz’s run with Chris Claremont that had Demon Bear. It was really dark, interesting, and different from the typical X-Men stories that we had read.”
“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.”
Again, it’s far too early in Boone’s career for us to effectively gauge whether or not this enthusiasm will transfer effectively to the screen (his first film, Stuck In Love, for instance, definitely has some heart, but is woefully stilted and cheesy), but we certainly appreciate the passion.
Fingers crossed that the man will be able to succeed with this one, as we need more passionate blood like his in Hollywood.
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