Earlier this year came word that Josh Boone’s “X-Men” spin-off “The New Mutants” was being significantly delayed, ultimately by almost eighteen months, to accommodate extensive reshoots.
The story follows five young mutants who are just discovering their special abilities trying to escape a secret facility where they’re being held against their will. It marks the first of the “X-Men” films to be situated in the horror genre.
Reports suggested the film tested not as good as Fox had hoped, with criticism being it simply wasn’t scary enough. So they intended to up the horror quotient of the film, upping the movie to a full blown R-rating.
This week actor Charlie Heaton, who plays Cannonball in the film, has confirmed it is indeed a full-on horror film now. He tells EW:
“It’s basically about these mutants in a facility for damaged mutants. It’s a story about these characters coming to grips with who they are and it’s a horror X-Men movie, which we haven’t seen before.
I feel like, for an X-Men movie, yeah, I think they’re going full-fledged horror. Without saying too much – I really don’t want to give away too much what it’s about, it’s very under wraps – but it is, in terms of anything we’ve seen in the X-Men world, it definitely is a horror film. It’s scarier than anything we’ve seen in that genre.”
Right now the film is targeting a late Summer 2019 bow. Whether that date will be impacted by the Disney Pictures/20th Century Fox deal, which is expected to be finalised about the same time, is unclear.