Published On: Wed, Dec 13th, 2017

Josh Boone details ‘New Mutants’, trilogy of horror films, casting and ties to comic books

While attending the Fox panel at this year’s CCXP (Comic-Con Experience) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, The New Mutants director Josh Boone, Alice Braga (Dr. Cecilia Reyes), writer Knate Lee, Henry Zaga (Sunspot), and artist Bill Sienkiewicz shared a ton of details on the new film.

Boone explained how he pitched it as a trilogy: “We brought it to Fox as a trilogy of films, really all based on that long run by [Bill] Sienkiewicz, and kind of incorporates some stuff from later issues in the ’80s. These are all going to be horror movies, and they’re all be their own distinct kind of horror movies. This is certainly the ‘rubber-reality’ supernatural horror movie. The next one will be a completely different kind of horror movie. Our take was just go examine the horror genre through comic book movies and make each one its own distinct sort of horror film. Drawing from the big events that we love in the comics.”

Boone said New Mutants absolutely takes place in the same universe as X-MenLogan and Deadpool. Lee said they drew real inspiration from the Demon Bear saga by Chris Claremont and Sienkiewicz, echoing the remarks made by Boone previously.

“Our whole pitch for this series was based on Bill Sienkiewicz run with Chris Claremont [The New Mutants vol. 1 #18–31, 35–38], so it’s very much when New Mutants became dark and surreal and more horror driven. We were incredibly inspired by the Demon Bear story which is probably the best, well-known New Mutants story. We also drew on movies like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Stephen King stuff, and even Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.”

The group talked about how they didn’t change the DNA of the characters. They are true to the comics and the powers are the same. Boone stressed how important it was to them to find a Brazilian actor to play the Brazilian role (Sunspot).

The film follows the characters as they are just discovering their powers while also dealing with hormonal changes from just being a teenager.

The film stars Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as Wolfsbane, Anya Taylor-Joy (Split) as Magik, Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) as Cannonball, Henry Zaga as Sunspot, Blu Hunt as Mirage, and Alice Braga as Dr. Cecilia Reyes.

New Mutants opens in theaters on April 13, 2018.


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