Fox Chief Explains “New Mutants” Tone

Production has just wrapped on “The New Mutants,” a new “X-Men” spin-off which takes the series in a different direction – both darker and younger than it has previously been.

20th Century Fox chief Stacey Snider has spoken with Variety today about the film and she was asked how the project plans to avoid the issue of superhero fatigue. She responds that it’s a case of making sure its diverse and differentiated enough:

“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.

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.'”

Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Blu Hunt, Henry Zaga and Alice Braga star in the film which opens in cinemas on April 13th.