There’s been a lot of quietness surrounding the 20th Century Fox project New Mutants (something that tends to happen with the company’s productions, aside from the Deadpool movies, prior to the completion of principle photography), with the only known details about the project indicating that the film will have a horror influence.
As part of an interview with Variety concerning her tenure at Fox, CEO Stacey Snider was asked about the future of their X-Men movies. She took a moment to explain that superhero movies tend to be popular due to their ability to explore a variety of sub-genres, and went into detail about how the John Hughes-influenced New Mutants takes cues from horror as well:
“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. 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”.”
As it stands, little else is known about New Mutants beyond its cast and director, but Snider is right – the ability for superhero movies to branch out seems to be a key reason why they continue to attract audiences. Here’s hoping that New Mutants is able to really stand out.
New Mutants will arrive on April 13, 2018. The movie is directed by Josh Boone and has a cast that includes Anya Taylor-Joy as Illyana Rasputin (Magik), Maisie Williams as Rahne Sinclair (Wolfsbane), Henry Zaga as Roberto da Costa (Sunspot), Charlie Heaton as Sam Guthrie (Cannonball), Blu Hunt as Danielle Moonstar (Mirage), and Alice Braga as Cecilia Reyes.
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So it’s probably safe to assume everyone here has seen Logan? Well, based on how well it did in the box-office I think 20th Century Fox is taking notes. Now that they have both Deadpool and Logan under their belts, I’m sure they will be bringing more X-Men characters to the big screen as soon as possible.
There are so many great X-Men arcs to choose from, but I think focusing on personal stories and fewer characters is a way to ensure the movie connects with an audience. Mutants were originally composed as a metaphor for the Civil Rights movement, and that issue is still very much so alive in our society. I’m not saying every movie needs to be political, but they all have the potential to be about so much more than destruction and boss battles. Fox focuses on smaller, personal stories that show mutants in a different light. Sure they can kick ass, but let’s make sure they always feel like real people, as Logan did.
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