It wouldn't be modern Hollywood if we weren't talking about sequels long before the first movie came out. We just got the first look at X-Men: The New Mutants, and while speaking to IGN, director Josh Boone revealed that he already has ideas for two more movies.
When asked if we were going to see any other named X-Men, Boone was hesitant to spoil anything — but did reveal who he wants to bring in for the sequel:
"I can't… there's some things I can't talk about. I can just say it is connected to and a part of the X-Men universe, and will continue to be a part of the X-Men universe and will be a part of that as it opens up in the next movies and all that.
Every video complains online about characters that aren't in it right now. I will say we're going to introduce new characters in the next movie as well. Characters like Karma and Warlock, and all that will be in future movies."
At the moment, the X-Men movies are all over the place tonally; so how it would work to bring all of them together should a huge crossover ever come to be?
"I do think about these things because… ours is very different tonally from an X-Men movie and from Deadpool and all that. I find it interesting to imagine it… It's not necessarily problematic, but more it'll be interesting to see how they do actually do all that, if they make them be in the same film at the same time; it'll be an interesting tonal palette."
Boone also confirmed that he pitched this movie as a trilogy of horror movies to Fox, so if we do get a sequel, it'll be another horror movie — but different from this one:
"We brought it to FOX as a trilogy of films, really all based on that long run by Sienkiewicz, and kind of incorporates some stuff from later issues in the '80s.
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."
Finally, Boone discussed what they're trying to accomplish with this X-Men film:
"The main thing [we're trying to achieve is] we're trying to do a couple of things. The main thing was to have a more performance driven, grounded X-Men horror movie. When I say grounded, it's still a comic book movie. So it has giant, crazy stuff that happens in it. But I think I really mean is attention to detail of the performances.
Something where they feel a little more real and a little less glib. We just tried to bring the same level of acting I did in my last movies to this genre is what I would hope for."
Horror movies are a lot of fun, but when we have characters with super powers, it's going to be interesting to see how they decide to end the movie. If they decide to use their powers, it could come across like any other superhero ending with lots of CGI and green screens. But Boone seems determined to do something different with this movie, so we'll have to see if this stick the landing and we get more of it.
Summary: Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.
X-Men: New Mutants, directed by Josh Boone, stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Alice Braga, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Blu Hunt, and Henry Zaga. It will be released on April 18th, 2018.