X-Men franchise set to take ‘horrific’ turn

The latest X-Men release is going to take a dark tangent.

The spinoff to the well-known and occasionally-loved X-Men franchise will be a horror film, as corroborated by director Josh Boone. The New Mutants is the most recent movie to join the mutant line up, set to go into production in July and release early April 2018.

Of the film, Boone has said: “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.”

X-Men: The New Mutants is the next in line for the superhero franchise, focussing on the younger generation of Professor Xavier’s students. Starring Game of Thrones’ own Maisie Williams as the lycanthropic shapeshifter Wolfsbane, and Anna Taylor-Joy (of Split and The Witch fame) as Magik, a type of futuristic sorceress, the comic book series has a superheroes-in-training vibe.

That’s not to say there won’t be any familiar faces – James McAvoy, aka young Professor Xavier, has been rumoured to make an appearance in the film, though sources are conflicted on the truth of this statement.

The New Mutants was originally created by Chris Claremont in the 1980s. Boone named the artist “one of the most amazing comic book artists ever,” and describes the spinoff as “a darker and more surreal and impressionistic X-Men series than we’d ever seen before. It felt like Stephen King meets John Hughes.” He aims to channel this interpretation into his Marvel release.

Whilst plot is uncertain currently, the closest description of what is to come is described by a source in filming: “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.”

Boone stated in an interview with Entertainment Weekly: “You can’t have a bigger nerd or fan making this. It’s so important to me. I’m not the 12-year-old who decided to write Stephen King a letter and loved Marvel Comics anymore, but I try to hold myself accountable to that kid. Because that kid is what keeps me from becoming a Hollywood whore. I look back and think: would he think this would be cool? Would he proud of me? Did I fulfill the dream we had when we were kids?”

The New Mutants, a horror film, has a provisional release date of 13th April 2018.

This article was originally posted on The National Student.

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