Next year, 20th Century Fox is out to prove that there is never too much of a good thing. The film studio has been a contender in the comic book movie genre since the release of the original X-Men in 2000. In 2018, Fox will be releasing three films based on the extended world of the X-Men. Deadpool 2 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix will feature the return of several memorable characters, while audiences will get the first live-action adaptation of The New Mutants in the Spring.
The upcoming comic book movie is directed by Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars) and stars Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) as Illyana Rasputin/Magik, Alice Braga (I Am Legend) as Dr. Cecilia Reyes, Blu Hunt (The Originals) as Danielle Moonstar/Mirage, Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane, Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) as Sam Guthrie/Cannonball, and Henry Zaga (Teen Wolf) as Roberto da Costa/Sunspot. It’s based on the comic created by Chris Claremont in 1983 and popularized by artist Bill Sienkiewicz, about a group of teenage outcasts who are coping with their bizarre and sometimes debilitating powers.
While the movie features many of the familiar faces from the comic book, next year’s adaptation will be far from your typical superhero fare. Boone has teased that The New Mutants would be borrowing heavily from the horror genre and today we got our first proof of his bold claims. At the stroke of midnight, Fox released the first trailer for The New Mutants, that give a clear indication of the direction and tone of the spin-off film. This is set within the same cinematic universe as the X-Men, but it’s quickly made clear that much like Deadpool and Logan, the upcoming adaptation intends on blazing its own path.
The director has previously expressed his intention to make an atypical comic book movie, in that there isn’t a big boss at the end and the characters will not be wearing costumes. However, it’s hard to believe that anyone was imagining how committed Fox was to making a legitimate horror film. From Braga’s sinister voiceover to the bloodcurdling screams of genuine terror, this looks to be quite a departure from the norm.
In recent memory there hasn’t been a film that successfully blended horror and superheroes since the Blade franchise, so it would seem that the time is right for The New Mutants. Judging by the mega-success of last month’s It, it’s clear that the horror/thriller genre can be hugely profitable if a quality movie is made. This trailer also serves as a mission statement for Fox’s upcoming X-Men spin-offs that they will be as dynamic and director-driven as possible. (Which also bodes well for the Gambit spin-off which just secured a February 2019 release date.)
The trailer is heavy on mood and tone, while going light on the superheroics the larger X-Men franchise is known for. In fact, judging by the retro-technology and the overall analog look of the production design, it’s a safe guess that this movie takes place years in the past. That could possibly line it up with Dark Phoenix on the timeline, but truth be told…they probably don’t have it all figured out yet. What is clear is that this is a movie to keep your eyes on. So start here with the new trailer:
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 New Mutants opens on April 13th, 2018.
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