Filming wrapped this past week on director Josh Boone’s (The Fault in Our Stars) New Mutants, a Marvel Comics property that Boone has promised will be a “full-fledged horror movie.” Doubling down on that early promise, 20th Century Fox CEO Stacey Snider has just compared the film to The Shining.
Snider previewed New Mutants in a chat with Variety.
“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,” Snider told the site. “Great effort has been put into making sure they’re differentiated.”
She continued, “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.'”
The cast includes Henry Zaga as Roberto da Costa a.k.a Sunspot, a mutant with the ability to absorb and channel solar power; Blu Hunt as Danielle Moonstar, the Native American telepath also known as “Mirage”; Alice Braga as Dr. Cecilia Reyes, a medical doctor who has the ability to generate a protective bio-field around herself but also has more going on than she lets on; Anya Taylor-Joy as Illyana Rasputin, also known as Magik, who uses teleportation; Charlie Heaton as Sam Guthrie, a.k.a. Cannonball; and Maisie Williams as Rahne Sinclair, a.k.a. Wolfsbane, who can turn into a wolf.
Boone is helming from a script he co-wrote with Knate Lee about teenage superheroes-mutants being held against their will.
New Mutants has been set for an April 13, 2018 opening.