Following in the footsteps of Bryan Singer, Brett Ratner, Gavin Hood, Matthew Vaughn and James Mangold, director Josh Boone became the latest filmmaker to join the X-Men franchise this week when it was announced that he would be helming a new title called The New Mutants. Given that Boone's last two films were the romantic dramadies Stuck in Love and The Fault In Our Stars, many have wondered what his comic book credentials are - but now he has impressively put them on display.
Clearly excited about the fact that he will soon be directing an X-Men movie, Josh Boone has been using his personal Twitter account these past few days to show off his deep, long love for not only the X-Men characters, but comics in general. In the image above, the filmmaker shows off his rather huge collection of Marvel omnibi, oversized-hardcovers and trade paperbacks, all of which chronicle many, many years of X-Men and X-Men-related comics (like X-Force). The collection features some of the best Marvel Comics events and arcs, and - provided that he's read all the books - shows that Boone has some extreme depth in this area of knowledge. But that's just one of his Tweets:
Here we see not only a young Josh Boone hanging out and reading comics as a kid, but also his New Mutants co-writer Knate Gwaltney - who he evidently grew up with. Like Boone, Gwaltney doesn't have a ton of comic book credentials on his resume, with most projects actually being related to the Jackass franchise - but it seems that his appreciation for the medium goes way back as well.
Josh Boone's most recent Tweet, though, is a caption-less image of the filmmaker as a kid holding up a notable event in the history of Spider-Man comics, "The Day Gwen Stacy Died." The issue is a "Marvel Tales" reprint of the famed book that was published in 1986 - as the original comic was released six years before Boone was born - but apparently the young Boone was so excited to have it that he wanted to take a picture to mark the occasion.
It's clear that Josh Boone is a big comic book fan, but exactly when he will get the chance to make The New Mutants is a big question mark right now. He is attached to make the Anne Rice adaptation The Vampire Chronicles as his next film, and it's expected that he will follow that with his big screen version of Stephen King's epic The Stand. So while he may be excited to make the movie, it's going to be a while before he actually gets to.
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