Looks like we were onto something with our assumption that The New Mutants was going to play like a mix of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
In a conversation with Collider, director Josh Boone stated:
I’d say the biggest influences for this movie were [One Flew Over the] Cuckoo’s Nest, The Shining and Dream Warriors. I do love Dream Warriors, I loved the first [Nightmare on Elm Street] as well, but this is very much a rubber reality horror movie for the first about 75% of the movie and then it becomes something else. It follows the logic of those early Wes Craven movies and all that.
That is definitely an exciting combo. There was also, some doubt that Disney would release Boone’s original cut of the film. But, it appears those fears have been laid to rest as well. Turns out, we will see Boone’s cut when it releases later this year in August.
The synopsis for The New Mutants goes like this:
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.