‘The New Mutants’ Director Josh Boone Adapted These Elements Straight From These Marvel Comics

The New Mutants has finally come out, after years of delays. Some people got to see it this weekend weather in a movie theater or at a drive-in. For those fans, and for everyone else still waiting for the X-Men spinoff to become available for home viewing, director Josh Boone discussed some of his Marvel comic book influences.

New Mutants behind the scenes
L-R: Director Josh Boone, Anya Taylor-Joy and Charlie Heaton | Claire Folger/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Boone participated in a press conference for The New Mutants via Zoom pior to the film’s theatrical release. He discussed the influence of Bill Sienciewicz’s Demon Bear storyline on The New Mutants.

The writers of ‘The New Mutants’ were big Marvel comic book fans

Boone wrote The New Mutants with Knate Lee. He said they grew up together reading Marvel comics.

I wrote this with my very best friend in the world. We’ve known each other since we were little babies. Our moms are best friends and we grew up in the 1980’s reading Marvel Comics. I still vividly remember to this day seeing the covers of The New Mutants comics that Bill started working on these Demon Bear ones beause they did not look like any comic book covers I’d ever seen before. They were painted, they were impressionistic, they had a more slippery surreal look than typical comic books do.

Josh Boone, The New Mutants press conference, 8/18/2020

Bill Sienciewicz’s art left an impression on Boone

Boone came to Hollywood and directed his first films, Stuck In Love and The Fault In Our Stars. When he got a chance to pitch 20th Century Fox, before Walt Disney Studios bought the studio, he was still thinking about The New Mutants.

Marvel's New Mutants
Anya Taylor-Joy | Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

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“I thought about them really for years,” Boone said. “When I first moved out, [I lived] in like an apartment, 10 years before I even made a movie. I had a stack of New Mutants comics, and I was like, ‘Eh, maybe one day.’ And, I was lucky enough to have made a movie for Fox that was successful, and went and begged them to-to let us take a crack at these comics we liked when we were young.”

There’s only so much ‘The New Mutants’ can take from Marvel Comics

Boone holds the original Sienciewicz comics in high regard. Yet, once he was making The New Mutants, he had to make his own movie. 

The New Mutants
L-R: Charlie Heaton, Anya Taylor-Joy, Blu Hunt, Henry Zaga, Maisie Williams | 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

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“We used everybody’s original backstories from the comics,” Boone said. “But, we really did go out of our way to ground those stories and make them directly related to where the character was emotionally when you’re with them in the movie. The comic only goes so far, was certainly incredibly helpful to us aesthetically and in terms of choosing shots and making it look a certain way, and using Bill’s designs and character designs. These comics were cool because they didn’t wear costumes in them for a lot of Bill’s run, which we were inspired by that as well.”