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New Mutants Is Closer To The Shining Than A Superhero Movie

Written by Tim Midura on Thursday, September 21 2017 and posted in News with Benefits

New Mutants Is Closer To The Shining Than A Superhero Movie

Directed Josh Boone previously stated it was a full-fledged horror film.

Source: Variety

Stacey Snider, the chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox, recently gave an interview to Variety, where aside from letting us know she gets the same seat in the movie theater each time (G13 at the AMC theater at Century City's Westfield mall), she touched on Fox's film slate including New Mutants.

"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."

New Mutant's director Josh Boone previously said that the movie would be a full-fledged horror film. Her comment is in regards to "superhero fatigue" due to an oversaturation of the market.

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.

Snider is claiming that they're making genre films that just happen to have superheroes. Deadpool is an action/comedy, Logan is a western, and Fantastic Four is awful. 

The most important part of the interview though was the question surrounding a recasting of Wolverine now that Hugh Jackman has retired from the role. Snider's response?

Anything's possible.

New Mutants went into its final week of filming last week. The film is set to release April 13, 2018 and stars Maisie Williams as Wolfsbane, Henry Zaga as Sunspot, and Anya Taylor-Joyas Magik, Charlie Heaton as Cannonball, Blu Hunt as Moonstar, and Alice Braga as Dr. Cecilia Reyes.


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Born in the frozen tundra of Massachusetts, Tim Midura has long possessed a love for comic books and records. After stealing the beard of Zeus and inventing the pizza bagel, a much more heavily tattooed and bearded Tim Midura has finally settled in San Diego. He's the world's first comics journalist who doesn't want to become a comics writer. Find him on twitter, facebook or by email.

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