X-Men Spinoff 'New Mutants' Will Be a Full-Fledged Horror Movie

Thursday, 25 May 2017 - 7:28PM
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Thursday, 25 May 2017 - 7:28PM
X-Men Spinoff 'New Mutants' Will Be a Full-Fledged Horror Movie
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The X-Men films have been branching out lately. Instead of just the colorful action movies that defined the franchise for a decade and a half, Logan recently found success as a gritty western, and Deadpool became a beloved, foul-mouthed comedy.

So it's welcome news to see that trend continuing, as the coming X-Men film New Mutants is apparently going to be a horror movie. Speaking to EW, director Josh Boone - a common source of New Mutants information since the studio's made few announcements - explained the direction he's chosen for the film, which is shooting for a PG-13 rating unlike the previous examples: 

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"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.
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The "no costumes" remark isn't too surprising. While uniforms have appeared in most X-Men movies, a franchise that's content with letting Wolverine duke it out in a tank top shouldn't have trouble with a bunch of teenagers who don't like matching outfits. The "no supervillains" bit should raise eyebrows though, because that would be completely new. But it does match up with rumors pointing to Demon Bear (yes, a demonic bear) as the film's villain, so the New Mutants wouldn't be facing a villain - they'd be facing a monster.

The movie's going to be based on Chris Claremont's series from the 1980s, specifically after artist Bill Sienkiewicz came aboard. That's when it took a different turn, which Boone calls "a darker and more surreal and impressionistic X-Men series than we'd ever seen before." While he kept plot details to himself, EW claimed another inside source was more open, and gave them the following synopsis:

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"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."
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There's only been a few casting announcements so far, but the big ones are Maisie Williams (Arya Stark on Game of Thrones) as the mutant Wolfsbane, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Magik. Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple in Marvel's Netflix shows) is also in talks to star, but that hasn't been made official yet. According to hints made by Boone, other young mutants like Sunspot, Mirage, and Cannonball should also appear.

Taylor-Joy in particular should be right at home, as her starring roles in horror flicks like The Witch and later Split were what launched her career. In fact, Magik is basically a mutant witch (a more snarky one than The Witch's Thomasin) so she may not have to stray far from her previous roles. Maisie Williams, on the other hand, has less experience in the genre, but Game of Thrones can get scary enough that she's probably up to the task - and Arya's most recent scene with Walder Frey shows Williams is perfectly capable of being terrifying.



New Mutants starts filming in July, is scheduled to come out April 13, 2018.
 
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