Created in 1982 by writer Chris Claremont and artist Bob McLeod, X-Men spinoff comic book series The New Mutants will make its big-screen debut in a few short months. Directed by Josh Boone, the film will take a slightly different approach than your usual superhero movie fare by going the horror route.
Slated for an April 13 release, The New Mutants stars Henry Zaga (Teen Wolf) as Roberto da Costa, aka Sunspot; Blu Hunt (The Originals) as Danielle Moonstar, aka Mirage; Anya Taylor-Joy (Split) as Illyana Rasputin, aka Magik; Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) as Sam Guthrie, aka Cannonball; and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as Rahne Sinclair, aka Wolfsbane. The storyline is said to adapt "The Demon Bear Saga," which ran from issues #18-20 and introduced Bill Sienkiewicz as the series' new regular artist.
So what does McLeod think about the property he helped create being turned into a horror movie? McLeod told SYFY WIRE's Mike Avila that the idea actually does appeal to him... though he does wish Fox had done an origin story first. Have a look:
"For The New Mutants, which most of the world doesn't know, I really would have preferred to do like an origin story," he told us. "But the director Josh Boone sold it to Fox as a trilogy of horror movies, which is a totally different take from anything that's been done so far."
As for whether or not McLeod was approached by the powers that be about the new movie, he revealed that no one contacted him about the film but he's still excited about the fact that they’re using his characters... and that it's being made at all. Check out our video above for more on McLeod's thoughts on the The New Mutants.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.