An 'X-Men' horror movie is on its way, and it looks utterly terrifying
As superhero movies become more and more prolific, dominating the box office all year round, audiences are starting to look for something a bit different. That's not to say that they will be leaving our screens any time soon, but that the usual save-the-world fare we have become accustomed to has to be updated for people to remain interested.
The X-Men series set the enterprise off in 2000, but found new life after introducing new elements, as Deadpool's superhero satire gleefully mocked the genre, and Logan pushed the series further into R-Rated territory, with more swearing, gore and adult themes.
So it looks as if 20th Century Fox, who own the franchise, have taken the hint, trying to branch out their superhero movies into different territories. Next up is "The New Mutants", which features new characters in a new genre.
This movie is less about saving the world and more about the difficulty of teenagers dealing with (often horrific) new powers, but you couldn't be blamed for forgetting it's a superhero flick after watching this trailer. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly earlier this year, director Josh Boone said the movie will be "very, very different" from the rest of the franchise:
"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."
While some were thinking "I'll believe it when I see it" after these comments, it turns out a "fully-fledged horror movie" is exactly what we're going to get.
The movie will star Anya Taylor-Joy, after two breakout appearances in horror films The Witch and Split, but the real star appeal comes from the addition of Maisie Williams, who most will know as the actress who plays Arya Stark in Game of Thrones. In this, she'll be playing "Wolfsbane", who is described as "a girl struggling to reconcile her religious beliefs with her power to turn into a wolf".
Based on the X-Men spin-off comic book series of the same name, this adaptation is distinguishing itself from the source material. Stacey Snider, the co-chairman at 20th Century Fox, explained their vision for the upcoming movie:
"If we’re going to make a superhero movie, we have to ask ourselves: ‘What’s our version? What’s a Fox Marvel film? When you look at films like Deadpool or Logan or the upcoming New Mutants, you’ll see they have their own personality. Great effort has been put into making sure they’re differentiated."
"New Mutants is about these teenagers who are just coming into their powers," Snider continued, "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 a superhero movie whose genre is more like The Shining than 'we're teenagers let’s save the world.'"
I've got to say, the idea of a superhero movie similar to The Shining and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest is definitely intriguing. We'll have to wait and see if the risk pays off when the film is released in theaters on April 13 2018.