Filmmaker Josh Boone is staying busy these days with plenty of projects. In addition to developing film adaptations of the Stephen King novels The Stand and Revival, Boone is also teaming up with Owen King to work on a TV series adaptation of Clive Barker's The Great and Secret Show, and now he's stepping into Marvel land to for the X-Men spinoff film The New Mutants, which was the focus of the filmmaker's recent chat with EW.

Speaking with EW, Boone said that The New Mutants movie will be "a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe. There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different."

For those unfamiliar, The New Mutants debuted in 1982 before their own comic book series premiered in 1983. Brought to life on the paneled page by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod, The New Mutants followed teenage mutants still learning to control their powers at Professor Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters.

Boone also shared that his film will be influenced by The New Mutant issues that featured artist Bill Sienkiewicz, who ushered in a new era for the series (beginning in issue #18) that Boone refers to as "Stephen King meets John Hughes."

It was recently reported that Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) will play the werewolf-esque Wolfsbane, while Anya Taylor-Joy (Split) will take on the role of teleporting sorceress Magik. Additionally, EW reveals that Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) is lined up to play Sunspot in the film.

The New Mutants movie is slated for a spring 2018 release and is expected to begin production this July. Are you excited for Boone's horror-centric take on this comic book series?

*Above image via Marvel.

Source: EW
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