The New Mutants Planned to Kick Off A Trilogy of Horror-Driven Mutant Movies

Posted 2017/10/16 0 0

Josh Boone’s conception of his New Mutants film is intriguing.


The New Mutants is the next installment of 20 Century Fox’s X-Men franchise, and it’ll hit theaters on April 13, 2018. If the movie becomes a success, director Josh Boone already has a plan for more. Talking to IGN in conjunction with the release of the film’s first trailer, Boone discussed the gestation of the film: "We brought it to Fox as a trilogy of films, really all based on that long run by Sienkiewicz, and kind of incorporates some stuff from later issues in the '80s," he says. "These are all going to be horror movies, and they're all be their own distinct kind of horror movies. This is certainly the ‘rubber-reality’ supernatural horror movie. The next one will be a completely different kind of horror movie. Our take was just go examine the horror genre through comic book movies and make each one its own distinct sort of horror film. Drawing from the big events that we love in the comics."

The new movie introduces a group of young mutants (including Maisie Williams' Rahne, Anya Taylor-Joy's Illyana and Charlie Heaton's Sam) who are trapped in a terrifying facility straight out of a horror movie. It's a very different tactic for an X-Movie, and that's by design.

"Fox made Deadpool and Logan and they were sort of so tonally different they felt embolden to let us go make it different, and make have its own distinct tone and identity," Boone says. "I think of the mainline X-Men movies more as grand operative science-fiction films. This is much more of a performance-driven horror film."

Boone’s genre-focused strategy is an intriguing, and surprisingly never-before-done, approach to superhero movies that may lend credence to the theory that the convoluted nature of X-Men cinematic universe actually allows room for the most creative and audacious individual films or TV shows. If Boone can pull off a self-contained horror film with each of his New Mutants films, his trilogy could be a breath of fresh air in the rapidly expanding (and often confusing) X-Men universe.