When the first trailer for Marvel's New Mutants arrived last week, fans were treated to an unexpectedly scary first look at the movie. Director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) previously teased that the film would be closer to a horror than a traditional comic-book adaptation, boy he wasn't kidding.
Speaking to IGN, Josh Boone confirmed that New Mutants is the beginning of a horror-centric trilogy.
"We brought it to Fox as a trilogy of films, really all based on that long run by [Bill] Sienkiewicz, and kind of incorporates some stuff from later issues in the 80s. 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-realitysupernatural 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."
Boone added that the movie adaptation had taken its inspiration from a particularly dark run of the comic-book series.
"Our whole pitch for this series was based on Bill Sienkiewicz run with Chris Claremont [The New Mutants vol. 1 #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."
We've seen young mutants grapple with their newfound abilities throughout the X-Men franchise, but we've not seen anything quite like this in a Marvel-based project before. 20th Century Fox is leading the way with offering audiences something different from their Marvel offerings, Deadpool and Logan proved that an R-rated movie could work if it's done right, and New Mutants promises to follow in that new and exciting tradition.
Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, and Alice Braga, New Mutants is released April 13, 2018.