The X-Men spinoff New Mutants will be a straight-up horror movie

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May 25, 2017

Hot on the heels of the casting news of Anya Taylor-Joy as Magik and Maisie Williams as Wolfsbane for X-Men spinoff The New Mutants now come the first intriguing tidbits for 20th Century Fox’s mutant movie.

While right until now, actual plot details for the comic book movie have been kept very close to the vest (meaning we basically know nada), a recent Entertainment Weekly interview with director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) revealed something really interesting about the type of film the spinoff set in the X-Men universe will be: a horror movie. Now, that is different. Here’s what Boone had to say:

“We are making a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe. There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different. We made a comic book with what our vision of the series would be. We love that Fox wants to make all these different X-Men spinoffs as drastically different as they can.”

Boone is of course keeping mum as to the actual plot details for the superhero film, but a source close to the production told EW that mutants are at their most dangerous when they're pretty new at it (being a teenager and having powers) and revealed what sounds kind of like a synopsis:

“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.”

There you have it. What do you think about Fox’s New Mutants movie being made as a horror film rather than the good ol’ superhero fare the X-Men films have been?

The New Mutants is slated to open in movie theaters on April 13, 2018.

(via EW)