Though it was anticipated to release in August 2019, the X-Men spin-off “The New Mutants” has been postponed yet again. It will now open in theatres on April 3, 2020.
This isn’t the first time that the film’s release has been pushed back either. The film was originally slated for release in cinemas on April 13, 2018. However, the film’s release was postponed to February 2019, in order to allow time for reshoots for an additional character.
The film’s release was then later delayed till August 2019, and now it’s been delayed once again. Watch the first (and only) trailer for the film here:
Why the Delay?
The delay was most likely brought about due to Disney’s recent acquisition of the studio behind the X-Men films, 20th Century Fox. Disney just announced their release slate through 2027 on Tuesday, and The New Mutants is one of the Fox films that had its release dates changed. Other films include the sequel(s) for James Cameron’s Avatar, and a new Star Wars trilogy.
It was also rumoured and reported that there were creative differences between director Josh Boone and Fox’s studio executives, which might have led to at least half of the movie getting re-shot.
Apparently, director Josh Boone had already delivered a cut of the film to Fox back in 2018. The studio, however, wanted the movie to be more distinctive. With these creative differences mixed in with Disney’s acquisition of the studio, it’s no wonder that the film’s been pushed back for so long. Of course, there may be more to the film’s delay than has been revealed to the media.
What a shame, too! The darker aspects of the trailer were extremely promising, and showed potential of it being the first horror film in the X-Men franchise. The trailer was initially well-received, with many anticipating the introduction of the film’s new mutants.
We’re keeping our fingers crossed that The New Mutants does not experience any more delays for its release!