Fox recently rescheduled some of their upcoming movies after the Disney buyout. Among the movies moved was X-Men spin-off The New Mutants, which moved to February 22nd, 2019, reportedly with plans to amp up the horror elements of the story and make it the first X-Men movie squarely in the horror genre (Last Stand was horrific in a different way, we suppose).
The official synopsis already lends itself to the horror genre — “Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.” — and the trailer confirmed that vibe. As we joked at the time, when Professor X said “show me all the mutants,” this film answered, “Okay, but it’s going to scare the sh*t out of you.”
Now The New Mutants director Josh Boone is revealing more about the film’s vibe in this Thursday’s edition of Empire Magazine. Bloody Disgusting snagged an early copy and posted some highlights. Boone told Empire, “This movie is probably the hardest PG-13 ever made. I mean, we’ve pushed it. The horror is pretty dark, but there’s also an emotional core, too. If I can scare you and make you cry: that’s the goal.”
He went on to say this group of mutants doesn’t have superhero costumes, and they “can’t be with the other kids at the X-Mansion. They’re too f*cked up. They’ve all killed people, whether intentionally or unintentionally.”