Fox might be working out of Marvel’s toy box, but the studio has done a great job of differentiating its X-Men superhero flicks from the fare Marvel Studios is putting out. After the success of Deadpool and Logan, the studio is going deeper down the rabbit hole with The New Mutants.
Stacey Snider, the chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox, told Variety they’re taking the tone of the horror-centric X-Men spinoff very seriously, making sure it will stand apart from the other superhero projects on the market. It’s all about nailing the personality to ensure the project is something original unto itself. The formula for New Mutants? Think One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest meets The Breakfast Club. Fascinating, right?
Here’s the choice except from Snider’s comments:
“New Mutants is about these teenagers who are just coming into their powers. It’s like watching mutants go through adolescence and they have no impulse control, so they’re dangerous. The only solution is to put them in a Breakfast Club detention/Cuckoo’s Nest institutional setting. It protects the people on the outside, but it’s strange and combustible inside. The genre is like a haunted-house movie with a bunch of hormonal teenagers. We haven’t seen it as a superhero movie whose genre is more like The Shining than ‘we’re teenagers let’s save the world.’”
We’ve heard the project compared to a twisted Breakfast Club before, but it’s fascinating to hear Fox talking about rolling the dice on projects like this and letting a director like Josh Boone try some different things within the framework of a superhero story. There’s no doubt Deadpool and Logan paved the way for films like this to get a green light, and here’s hoping its only the beginning of a dark and twisted superhero renaissance.
The New Mutants opens April 13, 2018.