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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The upcoming New Mutants film from Fox seems to be going out of its way to paint itself as a completely different type of comic book movie. Not only is it working with a more horror slant, but the studio reportedly even delayed the film around 10 months just to make it even scarier.

Furthermore, the film seems to be devoid of the bright and colorful world we’re used to seeing in these types of movies, and is even grounded in such a way that reduces its overall scope. However, its limited setting won’t be the only way in which the film will set itself apart from most superhero films. The New Mutants will also have no costumes. This has been reported in the past, and in a new interview with Empire, director Josh Boone doubled down on that, saying:

“There are no costumes. That alone makes it different. They can’t be with the other kids at the X-Mansion. They’re too f***ed up. They’ve all killed people, whether intentionally or unintentionally.”

But what about its rating? Based on that first trailer, it wouldn’t have been a surprise if they’d opted to got the Logan route with this one in adopting an R rating. However, it sounds like they’re sticking with a PG-13 rating.

“This movie is probably the hardest PG-13 ever made. I mean, we’ve pushed it. The horror is pretty dark, but there’s also an emotional core, too. If I can scare you and make you cry: that’s the goal.”

This is probably for the best. If the past few years are any indication, it’s more than a little possible to create a scary film without resorting to an R rating. Often, that’s used too much as a crutch to go for the more exploitative stuff.

What do you think of Boone’s comments? Is sticking to a PG-13 rating a good idea? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: Empire (via CBM)

  • M@rvel

    Am I the only one that thinks this movie looks and sounds like total horse shit??

    • Rez

      I want this to work because it will take the comic book genre in somewhat of another direction but the more i hear about it the more it sounds horrorible….get it…or it will be a pile of horse shit!

    • randomironicname

      Yeah, I don’t see why they try to spin it this way. There is no reason that the movie can’t achieve the same goals while properly existing in the comic book realm. The movie could still be scary if they were wearing costumes and bouncing around Xavier’s.

    • Atirus

      They are trying to sell it as “horror” but we all know that won’t be true. Sure it’ll have scary moments but if those scary moments are caused by sharp abrupt music…that would be some horse shit.

    • donzai

      the director is another ‘i know better than claremont and sienkevich’ kind of idiots. even tho the avengers are making billions of dollars, this fool cannot have super heroes in a super hero movie. they never join the xmen? why even call it new mutants?

  • Nay sayer!

    PG-13 this film sounds worse and fucking worse the more I hear it. Then again the evidence that this sucks is there with the luke warm reception with test audiences and the reshoots that are happening. Should never have gone with the horror route and instead set it in the midwest with these kids on the run from the law or some shit. Fucking horror? Pish

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.