Earlier this week, The New Mutants trailer took everyone by surprise when it turned out that not only is Josh Boone’s X-Men movie inspired by the comic’s horror elements: it’s a straight-up haunted hospital move in the vein of Dream Warriors or Session 9. Starring Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, The Witch), and Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things), the film is due out in April of next year, and director Boone is already talking about his plans to do a trilogy of New Mutants horror films.
In a recent interview with IGN, Boone said:
“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.”
Horror is back in a big way. Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of IT is one of the year’s highest-grossing films, earning over $315 million dollars domestically, while Jordan Peele’s horror debut Get Out currently rests at #11 on the yearly box office, grossing more than $175 million dollars with a budget of just $4.5 million. And that’s just at the movies. This year’s American Horror Story is one of the most-watched and well-received seasons in the show’s entire run, there’s two Walking Dead shows on the air, Stranger Things is a complete phenomenon, and Twin Peaks just finished a supremely, albeit incredibly cryptic, creepy third season.
Basically, if there was ever a time where Fox could get away with producing a trilogy of horror movies starring teenaged mutants, that time would be now. Boone is a really good director and knows how to get the best out of his actors, and he’s working from a script by Jackass and Bad Grandpa producer Knate Lee, who’s been with Johnny Knoxville and his gang since the very beginning, but has recently taken to screenwriting some indie features including Halle Berry’s Kidnap and Cardboard Boxer with Terrence Howard and Thomas Haden Church.
The New Mutants hits theaters on April 13th, 2018.
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Source: Slash Film