Following the release of The New Mutants teaser trailer last week, director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) recently sat down with IGN and elaborated on his plan for a superhero-horror trilogy of sorts, set to the backdrop of the established X-Men universe. In addition to his statements that the new mutant entry is partly inspired by Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and the works of literary horror master Stephen King, Boone said this:
We brought it to FOX as a trilogy of films, really all based on that long run by Sienkiewicz, and kind of incorporates some stuff from later issues in the ’80s.
These are all going to be horror movies, and they’re all be their own distinct kind of horror movies. This is certainly the ‘rubber-reality’ supernatural horror movie. The next one will be a completely different kind of horror movie.
Our take was just go examine the horror genre through comic book movies and make each one its own distinct sort of horror film. Drawing from the big events that we love in the comics.
Boone also went on to say that while the film is mostly based on The New Mutants comic-book arc ‘Demon Bear,’ the creature featured in that arc will not serve as the film’s primary antagonist. Ever since news released that The New Mutants movie will be a merging of genres (with horror becoming the focal point in this film) fans have been concerned that it wouldn’t co-exist with the established X-Men universe. Boone dismissed this concern, saying that it would connect to the other X-Men films in ways that have yet to be revealed.
You can view the teaser trailer again down below. The New Mutants debuts in theaters on April 13, 2018.