The buzzy, big-screen adaptation of The New Mutants is taking a bit more time to gestate — 10 extra months, to be precise — but director Josh Boone promises that the payoff will be worth the wait. In a new interview with Empire magazine, Boone said that the film, which will now mutate into theaters in February 2019, will be “the hardest PG-13 ever made.”
“I mean, we’ve pushed it,” Boone explained. “The horror is pretty dark, but there’s also an emotional core, too. If I can scare you and make you cry: that’s the goal.”
Even from the looks of its trailer, we see these youngsters scrambling about in digs quite lacking the warmth of Charles Xavier's mansion.
And Boone confirms that there will be no jumpsuits and X belt buckles here, either. “There are no costumes,” he said. “That alone makes it different. ... They can’t be with the other kids at the X-Mansion. They’re too f**** up."
Not only that, "They’ve all killed people, whether intentionally or unintentionally,” Boone added.
That could be where the emotion comes from. X-Men has always exuded a sense of hyped-up adolescent anguish — the natural yet terrifying changes to the body and mind during puberty are turned up to 11 through the lens of young people grasping with not just increased agency and strength but actual mutant powers. For these New Mutants, the arc of redemption and self-control (and, it looks like, self-preservation) will likely go even deeper.
As for the horror, after Deadpool and Logan pushed the envelope of scares to great effect, it’s no surprise a director would decide to go there again. (Special shout-out to some Wes Craven/ Nightmare on Elm Street-ish effects in the trailer, which we hope will make the final cut.) And since Logan just made history by scoring the first Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination for a superhero film, who can blame 20th Century Fox for taking its time crafting this?