New Mutants Is More The Shining Than a Standard Superhero Movie

Over the past few years, audiences have seen the X-Men film universe expand in some very surprising ways. From the foul-mouthed and cartoonish Deadpool to the genre-bending, poignant Logan, Fox seems to be keen on breaking the mold of standard superhero movies, and recent reports indicate that the trend isn't stopping anytime soon. In an interview with Variety, 20th Century Fox CEO and chairman Stacey Snider confirmed that the studio's upcoming adolescent mutant film New Mutants will be a pretty stark departure from past entries in the series, going for far more scares than previous X-Men entries.

"If we’re going to make a superhero movie, we have to ask ourselves: 'What’s our version? What’s a Fox Marvel film?' When you look at films like Deadpool or Logan or the upcoming New Mutants, you’ll see they have their own personality. Great effort has been put into making sure they’re differentiated," she explained. "New Mutants is about these teenagers who are just coming into their powers. It’s like watching mutants go through adolescence and they have no impulse control, so they’re dangerous. The only solution is to put them in a Breakfast Club detention/Cuckoo’s Nest institutional setting. It protects the people on the outside, but it’s strange and combustible inside. The genre is like a haunted-house movie with a bunch of hormonal teenagers. We haven’t seen it as a superhero movie whose genre is more like The Shining than 'we’re teenagers let’s save the world.'”

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Past reports indicated that New Mutants would draw from Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz's "The Demon Bear Saga," in which the young mutants find themselves isolated in a snowstorm and up against a demonic bear that previously orphaned teammate Danielle Moonstar. While the original storyline was set at Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, Snider explained that New Mutants will take place "in a Breakfast Club detention/[Once Flew Over theCuckoo's Nest institutional setting."

Arriving April 13, 2018, The New Mutants is directed by Josh Boone and stars Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as Wolfsbane, Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) as Sunspot, Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) as Cannonball, Anya Taylor-Joy (Atlantis) as Magik, Blu Hunt (The Originals) as Danielle Moonstar and Alice Braga (Queen of the South) as Dr. Cecilia Reyes.

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