Director Josh Boone sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss details concerning his upcoming project, New Mutants. He confirmed details that Comingsoon.net had speculated last year concerning the plot’s tone and, although new plot was outright revealed by Boone, a secret source close to the production did give plot details to EW.
When discussing the tone of the upcoming New Mutants, Josh Boone was very forthright regarding the direction he was going:
“We are making a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe,” director Josh Boone says. “There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different.”
A horror tone is most definitely a new approach to the X-Men universe where the majority of the characters possess strong and volatile powers. Considering the New Mutants primarily focuses on teenagers and mutant powers are their most volatile when they arise in said teenagers, I can see how a horror tone would emphasize the angst, fear, and paranoia for the new mutants.
What makes this proposed horror tone click for me is the reveal by EW’s secret source involved with the production about what the proposed idea for the plot will be:
“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.”
The focus on survival is generally a good go-to for anything pertaining to horror. Get a bunch of scared, teenage mutants who don’t know how to deal with newly emerged powers (on top of regular puberty) and lock them up against their will and you get a recipe for a fairly interesting new take on a super hero film.
The move by 20th Century Fox to allow their directors to shift the tone of their comic movies has been met with great approval by the audience. We’ve seen this shift in tone applied to both Deadpool and the recently released Logan, where the shift is more personal for the characters.
What do you think of this news? Do you like the idea of an X-Men universe film taking a more horror approach? I’m personally intrigued. Let us know in the comments below.