Last week we got our first look at The New Mutants with a trailer showcasing the X-Men spin-off as a full-fledged horror movie. Around the same time, cowriter/director Josh Boone shared some additional info about the teen superhero movie with IGN, including the fact that he's planning a trilogy. Here's what we learned from the interview:
Will the New Mutants trilogy continue the horror elements?
Yes, this was always pitched as a horror trilogy through all three movies, but it won't be as consistent as that sounds. They will "all be their own distinct kind of horror movies," Boone explains. "This is certainly the ‘rubber-reality’ supernatural horror movie. The next one will be a completely different kind of horror movie."
What does he mean by a "rubber-reality supernatural horror movie"?
Aside from acknowledging being influenced by Wes Craven's practical effects in A Nightmare on Elm Street using rubber walls, Boone has a hard time describing the first movie without giving much away. When asked if the whole thing takes place in an asylum, this is his response: "I'll say it's a 'rubber reality' horror movie. So the place they're in becomes more spacious when it needs to..."
What else can he not talk about?
Boone also gets cagey about whether any other X-Men movie characters will make appearances. "There's some things I can't talk about," he confesses. "I can just say it is connected to and a part of the X-Men universe, and will continue to be a part of the X-Men universe and will be a part of that as it opens up in the next movies and all that." He also acknowledges that it will be interesting to see how the tonally different X-Men universe movies link together and that "there's stuff you'll never see in the trailers that are big parts of the movie."
What can he talk about?
He confirms the movie is set in the present day and that he has plans to bring the characters Mirage and Warlock, the latter a techno-organic alien, into the fold in part two. He also claims that Demon Bear is not, in fact, the villain. "I wouldn't even go so far to say that," he answers to that inquiry. "I'd just say it's very much inspired by that run on the comics." Specifically, he means the Demon Bear storyline and The New Mutants Vol. 1 issues 18-31 and 35-38 by writer Chris Claremont and artist Bill Sienkiewicz.
What else influenced this movie?
"We also drew on movies like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Stephen King stuff, and even A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors," he revealed, recognizing Frank Darabont's involvement in the last item.
Will it involve practical horror effects like its influences?
Yep. Boone revealed: "90% of this movie was shot on real locations. We did as many of the effects practically as we could. It has some big visual effect stuff as well, but we really tried to do everything we could possibly do real so it would feel a little bit more like those movies we liked and were inspired by. 10% of the movie was green screen and nothing else really. We shot in a 150-year-old mental hospital that'd been closed for 50 years."
So the movie will seem more grounded than other X-Men movies?
"The main thing was to have a more performance driven, grounded X-Men horror movie," Boone affirms. "When I say grounded, it's still a comic book movie. So it has giant, crazy stuff that happens in it. But I think [what] I really mean is attention to detail of the performances."
When does The New Mutants come out?
April 13 (Friday the 13th), 2018.