Director Josh Boone’s X-Men horror movie The New Mutants was supposed to be released in cinemas on April 13, 2018. Then it was delayed a whopping ten months to February 22, 2019, before it was pushed back another six months to its current August 2, 2019 release date. It seems that 20th Century Fox didn’t like the film much. Since then, Disney have taken over Fox, cancelling a whopping 276 projects in development, and it seems that they don’t like it much either. A recent article in ‘Variety’ states that the studio is “unimpressed” with it, and believes it has “limited box office potential”.
Maybe The New Mutants is poor and not too commercial, but maybe it’s also a bit too original for the creatively bankrupt studio that’s now almost entirely interested in remakes and established franchises. I personally wouldn’t take Disney’s word as a sign of quality right now. In any case, I wouldn’t be surprise if The New Mutants now bypasses cinemas altogether and goes straight to home viewing, maybe premiering on Disney’s streaming service.
The film is about:
A diverse cadre of teens learning to cope with their superpowers. These new mutants find themselves held in a secret facility against their will and must battle the dangers of their powers, as well as the sins of their past.
The New Mutants is directed by Josh Boone from a screenplay he co-wrote along with Knate Lee based on the comic series by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod. It stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, and Alice Braga.