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2018 is set to be the busiest year yet for 20th Century Fox’s ‘X-Men’ franchise, with no less than three films set in the comic book movie universe scheduled for release.

While two of these films – ‘Deadpool 2’ and ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ will be direct sequels to 2016’s ‘Deadpool’ and ‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ the first to arrive will be an all-new property to the big screen: ‘X-Men: The New Mutants,’ an adaptation of the ‘X-Men’ offshoot first published by Marvel Comics in 1982.

However, for those fearing just more of the same, it may come as a welcome surprise that the film’s writer-director, Josh Boone, is promising something unlike any existing ‘X-Men’ movie.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the ‘Fault in our Stars’ filmmaker (also attached to the long in-development movie of Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’) says, “We are making a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe.

“There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different.”

Boone says the film will draw on artist Bill Sienkiewicz’s run on ‘The New Mutants.’ Hailing Sienkiewicz as “one of the most amazing comic book artists ever,” the director explains that this period of the comic was “a darker and more surreal and impressionistic X-Men series than we’d ever seen before. It felt like Stephen King meets John Hughes.”

Doesn’t necessarily too far removed from beloved Netflix series ‘Stranger Things’ – nor, for that matter, the recent ‘X-Men’ TV series ‘Legion,’ which explored mutation in a far more bizarre, nightmarish manner than the movies have done thus far.

Considering that approach proved effective on the small screen, there’s little reason to think something similar couldn’t work on the big screen too.

Boone reveals little else about ‘The New Mutants,’ but it is known that, like the comic before it, the film will centre on a group of young, inexperienced mutants just getting to grips with their bizarre new abilities.

Author: Yemi Olarinre