If fans were afraid that Fox’s X-Men related films were going to go back to being big world threatening supervillain filled films after Deadpool & Logan changed the game, there might be reasons to put that worry aside for a while longer.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, New Mutants director Josh Boone made it clear that his younger mutant starring film will be following the mold of those solo films of doing something completely different than what has come before.
“We are making a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe,” Boone said. “There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different.”
With the film reportedly set to focus on the Demon Bear saga from the comics, a mystical entity tied to the history of Danielle Moonstar/Mirage, it makes sense that it will take on some horror elements. The bear haunted Dani’s dreams and was seemingly responsible for the death of her parents, and the demon eventually tried to kill her and took on the whole team.
Letting the directors take these films and go their own way, not being stuck to a mold has so far benefited Fox greatly. Both Deadpool and Logan in the long run were far better received than X-Men: Apocalypse.
So far the film has cast Maisie Williams as Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane and Anya Taylor-Joy as Illyana Rasputin/Magik and reportedly will be casting people for the roles of Dani Moonstar/Mirage, Sam Guthrie/Cannonball, Roberto da Costa/Sunspot and the techno organic being Warlock.
Currently there is no word on if this film will find a way to somehow fit into the decade hopping continuity of the X-Men films or if it will be like Deadpool and completely stand alone in it’s own continuity space.
New Mutants is set for an April 13, 2018 release date.