Following the new trailer for “The New Mutants” arriving yesterday, over two years after the first trailer debuted back in October 2017, the film’s writer-director Josh Boone has answered a question about the movie’s rating online.
At one point during the film’s production there was talk the movie could be the first R-rated “X-Men” film, a true hardcore horror rather than a safer PG-13 teen-friendly affair.
Boone has now shot down those rumors, saying despite the recent success of R-rated comic book adaptations, the project was always envisioned as a PG-13 film: “The movie has always been and will always be PG-13. There was never a plan for an R-rated movie.”
One famous creator to work on the comic’s title, Bill Sienkiewicz, tweeted an endorsement of the rating in a response: “Scary film at PG-13. The atmosphere, mystery, & tone of Josh’s direction makes it work. The cast is stellar, not horror tropes who split from the group 1 by 1 like idiots only to get offed. They’re a team united; forged by the horror, and that’s new take. Bravo Josh & Co.”
The PG-13 rated “The New Mutants” hits cinemas on April 3rd.