NEW MUTANTS Director Compares Movie's Tone to SIENKIEWICZ Comic Books

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Credit: Bill Sienkiewicz/Marvel Comics

New Mutants director Josh Boone is following up his previous, cryptic comments about the film's "horror" tone by talking about one of his biggest influences - the art of Bill Sienkiewicz, who drew New Mutants from issues #18-35.

Boone described Sienkiewicz as “one of the most amazing comic book artists ever," telling Entertainment Weekly that Sienkiewicz's art presented “a darker and more surreal and impressionistic X-Men series than we’d ever seen before. It felt like Stephen King meets John Hughes.”
 
Additionally, an unnamed source close to the production told EW the film's synopsis, which they described as follows: “Held in a secret facility against their will, five new mutants have to battle the dangers of their powers, as well as the sins of their past. They aren’t out to save the world — they’re just trying to save themselves.”
 
Boone explained that he was trying to make the movie he would've wanted to see as a kid, saying “You can’t have a bigger nerd or fan making this. It’s so important to me. I’m not the 12-year-old who decided to write Stephen King a letter and loved Marvel Comics anymore, but I try to hold myself accountable to that kid. Because that kid is what keeps me from becoming a Hollywood whore. I look back and think: Would he think this would be cool? Would he proud of me? Did I fulfill the dream we had when we were kids?”
 
New Mutants is due out in theaters April 13, 2018.
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