20th Century Fox CEO Stacey Snider has a vision for the studio's X-Men franchise: a cinematic universe where every film explores a slightly different genre, with a different voice. Snider got specific about Fox's New Mutants film, saying it's got more of a horror movie flair than the average superhero film.
"If we’re going to make a superhero movie, we have to ask ourselves: 'What’s our version? What’s a Fox Marvel film?' When you look at films like Deadpool or Logan or the upcoming New Mutants, you’ll see they have their own personality," Snider told Variety. "Great effort has been put into making sure they’re differentiated. New Mutants is about these teenagers who are just coming into their powers. It’s like watching mutants go through adolescence and they have no impulse control, so they’re dangerous. The only solution is to put them in a Breakfast Club detention/Cuckoo’s Nest institutional setting. It protects the people on the outside, but it’s strange and combustible inside. The genre is like a haunted-house movie with a bunch of hormonal teenagers. We haven’t seen it as a superhero movie whose genre is more like The Shining than 'we’re teenagers let’s save the world.'"
"The franchises we make still need to be original. Deadpool was part of a cinematic universe, but it felt unique," she continued. "The X-Men is a franchise we intend to vigorously mine, but with an eye toward great variety."
New Mutants is due out in theaters April 13, 2018.