I remember roughly one million years ago when the first trailer for The New Mutants hit. I’m not exactly the biggest horror fan in the world, but after watching superhero movie after superhero movie over the past few decades, something was…fresh about what I was seeing. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my Marvel Studios and DC movies (yes, even the bad ones), but I had yet to see a superhero movie being treated like a legitimate horror movie. Add in director Josh Boone’s unadulterated love for all things Stephen King, and you had a recipe for something unique.
But the movie still hasn’t come out, and when it does, it’ll be almost exactly two years from when it should have originally hit theaters. The ultimate bit of irony here is that it’s going to hit theaters pretty much in the same form that it was originally intended by the director.
Now, if you’ve been following this production, you know that when Josh Boone first pitched the thing to Fox, it was as an ambitious trilogy. This came from an interview from Creative Screenwriting way back in 2016.
“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.
We brought it to [producer] Simon [Kinberg] and he really liked it. We’ve been going for the past year and a half to get it ready, and I’m about to go location scout and we have a release date now.”
Obviously, we now know how poorly that statement aged. The film wouldn’t hit for another four years thanks to Fox apparently wanting extensive reshoots. At this point, it seems clear that the movie is going to hit theaters in April…but any talk of a trilogy seems moot. But Boone did originally tease it, nonetheless.
“When [my co-writer Knate Lee and I] went to go tell Fox we wanted to do this movie, we made them a comic book,” Boone reiterated in a new interview with Collider that was conducted on the set of the film back in 2017. “It was a PDF that pitched them kind of a trilogy of films where each one is its own unique kind of horror movie. The first one is the supernatural horror movie. I won’t say what the other two are, but they’re all horror movies, but a different horror movie each time.”
At this point, it seems clear Disney is just ready to push this one out and incorporate all mutants into the MCU, right? My mind goes to that obvious typo back in early January in the D23 newsletter, which read, “There’s a seriously electrifying new addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it comes in the form of the latest from Twentieth Century Fox and Marvel Entertainment.”
While I know there’s no way this is supposed to be incorporated into the MCU, a part of me wonders that if this movie does well enough, if a trilogy could, in fact, happen.
What do you think? Does this trilogy of horrors sound like something you’d want from The New Mutants? And is it remotely possible in this day and age, what with the MCU set to encompass all Marvel stuff in the future? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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