The troubles continue for The New Mutants. This long-delayed X-Men spin-off has been collecting dust for the better part of two years now and, while the movie has a release date currently, things are far from certain when it comes to this project's release. Case in point, Disney is in the middle of a major strategy shift when it comes to handling future releases from Fox and the studio is reportedly unimpressed with this particular title.
According to a new report detailing the inner workings of the Disney/Fox struggle following the $71.3 billion merger that went into effect in March, Disney allegedly believes that The New Mutants has limited box office potential. At present, it's scheduled for release on April 3, 2020. However, given the studio's reported uncertainty, it would seem that is far from a guarantee. And there are plenty of other factors to consider. Not the least of which being Dark Phoenix, which Disney also inherited from Fox. The X-Men adaptation absolutely tanked at the box office and contributed to heavy losses Disney was forced to post from its theatrical business in its most recent quarter.
Point being, the studio has no reason to put a lot of resources behind this horror-themed X-Men spin-off, despite having a top-notch cast led by Maisie Williams and Anya Taylor-Joy. Josh Boone The Fault In Our Stars is in the director's chair, but he reportedly clashed with Fox on the cut. Reshoots were ordered but, when we last heard, those reshoots still haven't taken place. Amazingly, this movie was originally supposed to be released on April 13, 2018. Yet, thanks to the clash, it's just been sitting. A trailer was even released nearly two years ago. Needless to say, it's a big mess.
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This is just the tip of the iceberg for Disney when it comes to 20th Century Fox right now. Nearly every Fox title released by Disney since the merger has bombed at the box office, including Stuber and, more recently, The Art of Racing in the Rain. That has left the studio unsure of how to proceed with finished projects, which also include the high-dollar sci-fi flick Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt. Recently, Disney axed the vast majority of Fox's production slate in hopes of refocusing the brand for the future.
As far as the X-Men go, control of the mutants, as well as the Fantastic Four and Deadpool, have been handed off to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who will incorporate them into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. To that point, Disney may not want to put too much attention on The New Mutants, since that version of the franchise is going to be abandoned anyway. Whatever comes of this one movie, it's just one small part of a transition that hasn't gone according to plan. But if anyone can turn things around, it's Disney. This news comes to us via Variety.
After more than a year of delays and questions surrounding The New Mutants, we have confirmation that the movie is finally going to be undergoing reshoots. This X-Men spin-off has been rather troubled, as Fox apparently wasn't happy with what director Josh Boone initially delivered. The situation has allegedly been contentious behind the scenes and has just been sitting on the shelf collecting dust. Now, we have word from producer Simon Kinberg that reshoots are indeed going to happen under Disney's watch.
Disney completed their merger with Fox in March. Now, all of Fox's movies are effectively theirs to handle. The New Mutants isn't going to feature any of the core mutants we're familiar with. Instead, it's going to center on a new group of young characters who are being held in a strange facility against their will. The idea was for this movie to have more of a horror-themed tone. Originally, we heard the reshoots were going to double down on the horror. While it's unclear if that's what Disney wants to do now that it's under their umbrella, Simon Kinberg has revealed in a new interview what the plan is. Here's what he had to say about it.
"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. For all of these movies, Marvel's really brilliant at scheduling pick-ups into their budget and schedule so it's all prepared, and we have never been that smart. For us, we're always scrambling to get these actors back together so they're all in the same place at the same time."
Maisie Williams of Game of Thrones fame, as well as rising scream queen Anya Taylor-Joy are amongst those in the cast. Getting their schedules to line up could prove to be challenging. Simon Kinberg, who has served as a longtime writer and producer of the X-Men movies, and also serves as director of the upcoming Dark Phoenix, speaking furthers, alluded to those scheduling challenges.
"It would seem simple on The New Mutants because they maybe not as big movie stars as the main X-Men movies, but all of them are on TV shows, so we've got to wait until they get off their shows and they can all be in the same place at the same time. So that will be some time this year, we'll do our pick-ups and the movie will come out."
There was some question as to whether or not this movie would ever see the light of day. Rumors persisted that they may just dump it to a streaming service like Hulu. The real question now is, what will Disney add with these reshoots? Honestly, we may never know, since the original version will likely never see the light of day. The New Mutants is currently set to hit theaters on April 3, 2020. This news was previously reported by Digital Spy.
The New Mutants is the final film in the X-Men franchise. The film, produced at the Fox studio before its acquisition by Disney, has had its release date pushed back indefinitely.
It’s already been a turbulent ride. The New Mutants was slated to hit theaters in 2017. Then, it was delayed until 2018 in order to undergo extensive reshoots. Then it was delayed again and again. And again. Fans aren’t the only ones frustrated, as even the film’s stars have publically vented.
A couple weeks ago, Disney included The New Mutants on its slate of planned 2019 releases. Obviously, there’s nothing from keeping the entertainment giant from reversing course. The whole thing is giving everybody involved a massive headache, and they’d prefer to just not think about it right now. It’s been speculated that the flick might bypass a theatrical release and head straight for a streaming platform such as Disney+.
Dark Phoenix, which will wrap up the saga of the main X-Men team, endured similar production troubles and release delays not to mention disastrous test screenings, but it finally hits theaters this June.
So, what the heck is really going on with The New Mutants? It seems nobody is really sure. It’s apparently anybody’s guess when exactly that point will be, but the film may very well end up in theaters yet.