Director Josh Boone is looking to do something extremely different in the X-Men universe with the New Mutants film that he's currently developing. He's planning on doing something that we've never seen before in the franchise, and as a horror fan, it sounds pretty exciting!
Boone recently talked to EW about some of his plans for the film and the direction that he's looking to take it. One of the first things he said was:
“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.”
Whoa! That's definitely not the direction I was expecting the film to go, but it's certainly intriguing! This doesn't sound like an X-Men film at all, which might be refreshing. It's a group of X-Men characters that will apparently find themselves in a horrific situation.
Logan wasn't really a traditional style X-Men film or story either and that turned out to be great! It's awesome to hear that Boone is experimenting and trying something new with New Mutants. A source close to the production offered the following plot details:
"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."
Sounds intense! Boone goes on to talk about how the work that Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz did on the comic and how it inspired his vision of the film. He explains that the comic is "a darker and more surreal and impressionistic X-Men series than we’d ever seen before. It felt like Stephen King meets John Hughes."
So, that's what Boone is going for and it sounds like he could end up giving us something great! I like what I'm hearing from the filmmaker here and I'm excited to see how it turns out.
Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) has been cast in the role of Wolfsbane and Anya Taylor-Joy (Split) will play Magik. Sources close to the production tell the outlet that Henry Zaga from the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why is going to be cast in the role of Sunspot and that Rosario Dawson is currently in talks to join the film as well.
What do you think about the direction that Boone is taking New Mutants?