Fox has been taking a few risks with their X-Men properties lately, and they’ve been paying off.
The studio greenlit two R-rated (US classification) films in the forms of an over-the-top action-comedy (Deadpool) and a brutal action-drama (Logan). Both films received rave reviews and pulled in big bucks at the box office, suggesting that audiences are more than ready to see heroes in different genres. Comedy and drama; tick and tick. Horror‘s up next.
Upcoming X-Men spinoff movie The New Mutants will be pretty different to what we’ve seen before. In an interview with EW, New Mutants director and co-writer Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) revealed the following:
“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.”
Now, don’t expect “full-fledged horror” to mean that we’ll be seeing guts flying across the screen. The film is reportedly aiming for a PG-13 rating in the U.S., so Boone’s description is more indicative of tone, scares and atmosphere rather than potent bloodletting.
New Mutants comic illustrations by artist Bill Sienkiewicz are to be a strong influence on the film. Boon says Sienkiewicz’s run delivered “a darker and more surreal and impressionistic X-Men series” and likens it to something “like Stephen King meets John Hughes.”
Earlier this month it was announced that Split actress Anya Taylor-Joy and Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams had been cast in the film. Taylor-Joy will be playing Magik, a Russia-born sorceress mutant who has the ability to travel using teleportation discs. Williams will be playing Wolfsbane, a Scottish mutant with the ability to transform into a wolf or change into a werewolf-like transitional state. Other roles may have been filled as well.
EW’s sources claim that 13 Reasons Why actor Henry Zaga (Brad in the YA Netflix drama) is joining the cast as a solar power-channeling Brazilian mutant named Sunspot, and Variety is reporting that Rosario Dawson has entered talks to play Dr. Cecilia Reyes, a mentor to the superheroes with the power to generate an invisible bio-field around herself.
The New Mutants will be kicking off production in July and is scheduled to open in the US on April 13, 2018.