– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The New Mutants, the new film hailing from Marvel and 20th Century Fox is set to kick off a horror trilogy, director Josh Boone told IGN in an interview. Though those who have been following from day one may not find that particular nugget all that different or interesting from what we’ve heard in the past. Before, we heard that they had pitched a trilogy, even if it was never confirmed.

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Some fans of the comic may have been surprised last week when the film was revealed to be a full-on horror film. So why do that? Why not stay closer to the spirit of the comic, which is sort of a younger X-Men?

Here’s what Boone had to say:

“Our whole pitch for this series was based on Bill Sienkiewicz run with Chris Claremont [The New Mutants vol. #18–31, 35–38], so it’s very much when New Mutants became dark and surreal and more horror driven.”

“We were incredibly inspired by the Demon Bear story which is probably the best, well-known New Mutants story. We also drew on movies like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Stephen King stuff, and even Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.”

“Darabont wrote that back in the day and that was very inspiring to us. If we’d had just done New Mutants the comic, it would’ve been very much set-up like an X-Men movie in the mansion with Professor X and all that. So we really wanted to do something different. So kind of what we brought to Sienkiewicz and Claremont’s take on New Mutants was this idea they’re all in a psych-hole for mutants.”

Fans of the comics will likely be a bit upset by this, but in the name of keeping things interesting on the film front, it’s probably the best move. They’ve only managed to survive this long because of how different they’re able to make movies genre-wise, and Deadpool and Logan really proved how far superhero movies can be pushed.

Those who loved the Demon Bear run of the comics may even be in for a rude awakening. When asked if Demon Bear was the main antagonist, Boone said:

“Nah, I wouldn’t even go so far to say that. I’d just say it’s very much inspired by that run on the comics.”

Well, you can’t fault him for trying something different. The question is whether or not fans will embrace it.

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.