THE NEW MUTANTS Walk Down Horror Lane: Josh Boone’s Vision
FOX continues to churn out the mutant film juggernauts and has recently announced the budding production of The New Mutants which will feature some of the lesser known but equally powerful characters of the Marvel Universe. What is new about this latest report is the path the film will be taking, needless to say it is not a traditional one.
Though all the superhero movies are different in their presentation and quality, they all followed the hero faces insurmountable odds only to win the day and save all the world or universe in some case, The New Mutants will be taking the road never traveled by looking to make this the first X-Men universe horror.
Director Josh Boone is a comic book fan through and through, praising the direction of The New Mutants comic book after its creation in the 1980s. He attributes the change of direction to artist Bill Sienkiewicz, who came on the scene for Marvel Comics in 1984 and turned the somewhat causal teenage version of The New Mutants into a group of more afraid but powerful teens struggling to survive in a world that wants to destroy them while be asked to not use their powers to return the favor.
In other words, Bill Sienkiewicz took a much darker view of what it meant to be a mutant teen in a time of intolerance. This is the comic book story arc that Josh Boone will be bringing to the screen and one that could reshape how comic book movies are made.
Boone was praised for his vision in the 2012 film The Fault in Our Stars which raked in $307 million in the world box office which is a huge profit from its small $12 million budget so it is clear why FOX is trusting his new perspective on comic book movies. I know many reading this will have some reservations about this new path that Josh Boone is paving for marvel movies and to that he says;
“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.”
With FOX being so open to new ideas concerning its very successful cache of Marvel films both already made in the the pipeline, it is very possible we could continue to see newer approaches taken to their direction and overall stories. This has to be the perfect opportunity for any director be they up and comers or seasoned like Josh Boone, as he puts it,
“We love that Fox wants to make all these different X-Men spinoffs as drastically different as they can.”
The New Mutants is currently scheduled for a spring 2018 release.