– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Next year, mainstream audiences will be introduced to the world of The New Mutants. This is a comic book series that’s been around the early 1980s, but with this adaptation, writer-director Josh Boone is taking a distinctly different approach.

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Rather than keep it more in keeping with the source material, and rather than going for the YA approach that was originally pitched to audiences, Boone opted to take the film franchise in a distinctly more horror-focused direction. If you’ve somehow managed not to see the first trailer for the film, I highly recommend you check it out above.

While some may think that these kids may someday want to join up with the X-Men, for the time being, Boone has made it clear that joining Professor X’s School for Gifted Youngsters is the farthest thing from their minds.

“These kids could care less about being X-Men. They’re so (messed) up and have had such horrible things happen, they’re just trying to figure out how to get out of this situation. We just tried to pull this back and make it performance- and character-driven, and more grounded and credible than X-Men movies ever are.”

As Boone hints at, The New Mutants is more One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest than it is X-Men, and with this batch of teens being held captive in a psych ward, it creates a canvas for some really horrific stuff to happen down the line. Going to some school would be the last thing on my mind as well if I were them.

The New Mutants hits theaters on April 13, 2018.

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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.