The New Mutants co-writer and director Josh Boone claims the upcoming X-Men spinoff will be "hardest" PG-13 movie ever made. An adaptation of the superhero team of the same name, created by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod, has been in the works for several years now. The project first entered development in 2014 with The Fault in Our Stars' Boone taking the lead, and it finally went into production in early 2017.
Boone originally described The New Mutants as being a "full-fledged horror movie" with influences from iconic films such as The Shining and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. That's something that studio head Stacey Snider reaffirmed by defining the film as a "haunted house" story. And while they were happy with the project, it turns out they weren't happy enough. Fox Studio recently delayed The New Mutants from its original April 2018 release date to February 2019 - the month the Channing Tatum-starring film, Gambit, was supposed to release before losing Gore Verbinski as its director two weeks ago. And the 10-month delay will ensure that the movie will be in even better shape than it already is today.
In an interview with Empire Magazine, Josh Boone explained that his goal with The New Mutants is to scare audiences and make them cry at the same time, and that's why the film is pushing the boundaries of what makes a PG-13 movie. He said: "This movie is probably the hardest PG-13 ever made. I mean, we’ve pushed it. The horror is pretty dark, but there’s also an emotional core, too. If I can scare you and make you cry: that’s the goal."
Fox has been pushing the superhero genre's envelope in recent years with not only R-rated films such as Deadpool and Logan (both of which were rated R for different reasons), but they're also attempting to make a genuine horror movie with New Mutants. Perhaps seeing how R-rated horror movies such as IT and Get Out are performing with audiences, they are trying to get in on the trend by making Boone's film even scarier, while also retaining its PG-13 rating. Superhero films, after all, are likely to perform better and reach wider audiences if it has a more tame rating.
But, Boone saying they are skirting the edges of PG-13 means they are doing their best to make the film feel like an R-rated movie, presumably storywise and aesthetically, but without all the nudity, profanity, and gore that comes with such a rating. For now, Boone and the rest of the creative team have more than a year to bring their ideas for The New Mutants to fruition. We'll just have to wait and see if the delay was truly worth it.
Source: Empire (via Bloody-Disgusting)
- New Mutants (2019) release date: Aug 02, 2019
- Gambit (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019
- Deadpool 2 (2018) release date: May 18, 2018