We may be getting a new X-Men Spin-off but don’t expect a handful of “family friendly” fun and games for the project entitled The New Mutants – New Mutants director Josh Boone promises to give you something very different – a horror version of the mutant story.

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In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Josh Boone revealed the film will go in an unusual horror direction and be unlike anything in the X-Men movie franchise so far. “We are making a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe,” Boone said. “There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different.”

With Fox very much on board with exploring new roads for the X-Men franchise, probably to keep it fresh enough to keep audiences interested, Boone has been doing his research in reading up on some of The New Mutants Comic’s, and has taken some inspiration from artist Bill Sienkiewicz, who provided work on the comic’s Boone described his work as a “surreal and impressionistic X-Men series” that feels “like Stephen King meets John Hughes.”

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Alongside this revelation, is a possible casting in the form of Rosario Dawson, already a fan of the comic book genre, Dawson has spent the last few years starring in the Netflix Defender’s series as Claire Temple. Currently, in talks, Dawson could take on the role of Dr. Ceilia Reyes, a mutant and medical doctor who acts as a mentor for the teens and who can also generate a protective bio-field around herself. Already cast in The New Mutants who form a new team are Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams as Wolfsbane, while Split and The Witch actress, Anya Taylor-Joy will play the mutant Magik.

With Boone teasing a line-up that includes Moonstar, Sunspot, Cannonball and Warlock more casting news is imminent.

New Mutants should start filming in July ready for an April 2018 release.