When it was first announced, The New Mutants sounded like a promising film. Staring Anya-Taylor Joy, Maisie Williams and Charlie Heaton. The first horror film in the X-Men franchise tells the story of a group of teenagers who discover their mutant abilities while being held captive in a secret facility. As time went on, it became clear that there was trouble with this film.
The poster with the original release date. | Image Via Wikipedia
The film was originally going to be released in April 2018, but was delayed to February 2019 to avoid competition with Deadpool 2. It was then delayed again to August 2019 to allow for reshoots. Then, when Disney acquired Fox, the release date was pushed back again to April 2020. X-Men producer Simon Kinberg explained why there are constant delays in an interview:
What’s happening is we’re gonna do reshoots this year on that film and it has a new release date from Disney. That’s really it. Part of it was figuring out what the reshoots were gonna be, the pick-ups, and the other part of it was getting that cast back together.
The recently announced cast for ‘New Mutants’ (Actors from Right To Left: Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Blu Hunt, Henry Zaga, Anya-Taylor Joy) | Image via Cellcode
The constant delays and reshoots haven’t impressed Disney, who are already upset about several Fox flops after their acquisition. According to Variety, the studio is unimpressed with the final film and thinks it has limited box office potential.
So, what does this mean? The most likely scenario is that Disney will release the film via streaming, either on Hulu or the upcoming Disney+. Or maybe the company will go with a theatrical release anyway and just see how it plays out. Either way, it has been a long, hard road for the final film in Fox’s X-Men universe.
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