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The New Mutants Will Aim to “Scare You and Make You Cry”

"The New Mutants" poster from 20th Century Fox

We first saw the trailer for Fox’s The New Mutants back in October, and it looked scary as hell. Originally slated for release on April 13, 2018, it was recently moved out almost a year to February 22, 2019. Sources for The Hollywood Reporter said that Fox made the move “to avoid having an overlap with X-Men movies in certain overseas marketplaces,” but such a huge move so close to the original release date did have some fans speculating.

However, director Josh Boone is still doing the press rounds for the film, so it doesn’t look like the studio wants to bury it or reshoot. Boone recently sat down with Empire to talk about the vision for the film. Though they didn’t opt go for the R-rating approach of recent X-Men successes like Logan or Deadpool, Boone did say they would “push” the boundaries of their PG-13 rating.

“This movie is probably the hardest PG-13 ever made,” he said. “I mean, we’ve pushed it. The horror is pretty dark, but there’s also an emotional core, too. If I can scare you and make you cry: that’s the goal.”

“There are no costumes,” he continued. “That alone makes it different.”

He also told us a bit more about the young mutants who’ll appear in the film, and why they can’t join up with the costume-wearing kids at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. “They can’t be with the other kids at the X-Mansion,” he said. “They’re too f*cked up. They’ve all killed people, whether intentionally or unintentionally.”

Directed by Boone from a script by himself and Knate Lee, The New Mutants stars Alice Braga, Charlie Heaton, Blu Hunt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, and Henry Zaga.

(Via /Film; image: 20th Century Fox)

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