X-Men spin-off The New Mutants is a horror film, says Josh Boone

Josh Boone is going in a “very, very different” direction for The New Mutants

Following the announcement that Maisie Williams and Anya Taylor-Joy had officially been cast as Wolfsbane and Magik in Fox’s X-Men spin-off The New Mutants, Josh Boone has been dropping some teasers about what the audience can expect, and it sounds as though we’ll be seeing something different with this X-movie.

“We are making a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe,” he told EW. “There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different.”


Boone, who is best known for directing The Fault In Our Stars as well as being attached to a bunch of more overtly horror projects (Stephen King’s The Stand and Revival, as well as trying to develop Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles into a film before it changed direction and headed for TV), stressed that he was a lifelong fan of the X-Men comics and would be faithful to these characters, but he also praised Fox for being open to trying different things with the X-Men movies and TV series.

And that is definitely going to be important as we head into next year, with (deep breath) X-Men: Dark Phoenix, The New Mutants and Deadpool 2 all hitting cinemas, while Matt Nix’s The Gifted and the second season Noah Hawley’s Legion will be airing on TV. Legion definitely felt like something daring and new for Fox and the X-Men, and it was a tremendous success.

According to EW’s report, New Mutants will be tightly focused on this new group of mutants and there’s a plot description from an unnamed source:

“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.”

Meanwhile, casting rumours continue, with Rosario Dawson rumoured for a role and 13 Reasons Why‘s Henry Zaga reportedly soon to be cast as Sunspot.

The New Mutants will be released on 13 April 2018. Keep up with the latest genre news with the new issue of SciFiNow.