Following Logan and Deadpool, it was hoped that the X-Men: New Mutants movie would go the R-rated route as it’s a horror movie.
However, now it’s learned that New Mutants will be PG-13 as director Josh Boone confirmed the rating to Empire Magazine.
“This movie is probably the hardest PG-13 ever made,” Boone 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.”
While the PG-13 rating may be disappointing for some, Boone promises New Mutants will still be different than convention superhero films.
“There are no costumes. That alone makes it different. They can’t be with the other kids at the X-Mansion. They’re too f—ed up. They’ve all killed people, whether intentionally or unintentionally,” Boone said.
Josh Boone also previously revealed they hope New Mutants becomes a trilogy and expanded on the horror aspect.
“We brought it to FOX as a trilogy of films, really all based on that long run by [Marvel Comics writer Bill Sienkiewicz], and kind of incorporates some stuff from later issues in the ’80s,” Boone said. “These are all going to be horror movies, and they’re all be their own distinct kind of horror movies. This is certainly the ‘rubber-reality’ supernatural horror movie. The next one will be a completely different kind of horror movie. Our take was just go examine the horror genre through comic book movies and make each one its own distinct sort of horror film. Drawing from the big events that we love in the comics.”
Watch the latest trailer below.
X-Men: New Mutants has an April 13, 2018 release starring Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams as Wolfsbane, Anya Taylor-Joy as Magik, Charlie Heaton as Cannonball, Henry Zaga as Sunspot, Blu Hunt as Danielle Moonstar / Mirage, and Alice Braga as Dr. Cecilia Reyes.