Color us surprised. Some time ago, The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone came on board the X-Men Universe film, The New Mutants. Admittedly, with X-Men: Apocalypse leaving off with our main crew so young, it almost felt pointless to have a YA-type New Mutants spinoff. How would this movie actually help to differentiate itself from the movie we just saw?
Well, it turns out that The New Mutants will likely be a lot different than any of us had expected. Given the statements from Boone in the past regarding the story — as well as his dealing with angsty teen films like The Fault in Our Stars and Stuck in Love — we expected them to really buckle down on the YA aspect. However, speaking with EW, the filmmaker revealed that they’d be going more in an unexpected direction:
“We are making a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe. There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different.”
This is fantastic to hear, especially if you’ve seen any interviews from Boone in the past. While he has made his career so far on telling very grounded stories about young people, he also has a huge love affair with horror author Stephen King. In his first film, Stuck in Love, one of his characters is obsessed with the author, and Boone even managed to get King to do a vocal cameo near the tail end. Furthermore, Boone was previously attached to do a multi-film adaptation of King’s The Stand — though so far nothing has come from that. In short, Boone is a huge horror fan, and with that in mind, it seems like a great fit for the story.
As far as actual plot details, Boone was tightlipped to the outlet, but that didn’t stop them from reaching out to one of their sources, who gave them a plot synopsis that seems like a perfect jumping off point for a horror story.
“Held in a secret facility against their will, five new mutants have to battle the dangers of their powers, as well as the sins of their past. They aren’t out to save the world — they’re just trying to save themselves.”
If that wasn’t exciting enough, the film’s casting is off to a strong start, with Split’s Anya Taylor-Joy being cast as Magik and Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams being cast as Wolfsbane.
What do you think? Will this new horror aspect of the story help to differentiate The New Mutants from every other X-Men Universe film? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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