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?
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.