New Mutants Director Says Film Will Push the Limits of a PG-13 Rating

Earlier this month, it was announced that Fox would be pushing New Mutants back ten months to re-shoot some of the film and get its unique horror elements just right. And while the film is far from locked, director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) is teasing its presumed rating, suggesting it’ll push the PG-13 envelope right up to the edge.

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In a surprising move, Fox opted to shift the release date for New Mutants back nearly a year after months of intense marketing. When the news first broke that Fox had pushed the film, some suggested it was due to the studio wanting to avoid X-Men overlap, while Tracking Board stated they’d heard the film tested “good but not great,” leading the studio to amp up the horror. While it’s still far too early to tell, the latter seems entirely likely thanks to a new interview from director Josh Boone. While discussing New Mutants with Empire Magazine, Boone stressed that the film will be sure to push the envelope for a PG-13 rating.

“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.”

Unfortunately, if you’re hoping to see the young mutants sport costumes, it seems you’re out of luck, as Boone insists there are no costumes for this group. Part of that has to do with why the film’s mutants are in their predicament. As Boone explained, the new mutants couldn’t possibly stand beside the other members of the X-Men due to what they’ve experienced.

“There are no costumes,” Boone said. “That alone makes it different. They can’t be with the other kids at the X-Mansion. They’re too fucked up. They’ve all killed people, whether intentionally or unintentionally.”

While still a ways out from release, it appears New Mutants could prove to be a worthy successor to Logan and Deadpool, finally offering up something new for X-Men fans that have grown tired of Fox’s divisive franchise.

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Arriving Feb. 22, 2019, The New Mutants stars Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as Wolfsbane, Anya Taylor-Joy (Atlantis) as Magik, Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) as Cannonball, Blu Hunt (The Originals) as Dani Moonstar and Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) as Sunspot.

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