The New Mutants has been delayed not once but thrice already. The spinoff in the X-Men franchise was originally slated to arrive next month before being delayed to February 22, 2019. Yesterday, 20th Century Fox announced that the movie has been pushed further ahead by at least six additional months.
According to a new report from Collider earlier today, the latest round of delays are being attributed to significant reshoots for more than half of the troubled project. In comparison, the previous round of delays were said to be in line with bettering the horror elements and introducing another character.
If sources close to the matter are correct, a new cut of the movie was recently presented by directed Josh Boone that was met with dismay by the top brass. 20th Century Fox has asked for additional photography that will define a more distinctive tone similar to Logan (2017) from director James Mangold. Fulfilling the demand will mean more than half of the movie to be reshot this year. Hence, the main reason behind the extensive delay.
It is important to note that reshoots are fairly common in the movie industry and are mostly done to add more flavor. They are commonly misunderstood as fixing something broken. That being said, reshooting more than half of a movie certainly spells troubling.
The New Mutants will now release further down the line on August 2, 2019, and is not alone in the pile of delayed projects. X-Men: Dark Phoenix has also been pushed forward from November 2, 2018, to February 14, 2019.
The New Mutants stars Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as Wolfsbane, Anya Taylor-Joy (Atlantis) as Magik, Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) as Cannonball, Blu Hunt (The Originals) as Dani Moonstar, and Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) as Sunspot.
You better keep your fingers crossed that there are no further delays. 20th Century Fox has already extended the slate by nearly one and a half year.