The X-Men horror spinoff The New Mutants was initially supposed to hit the big screen in April 2018. However, due to a multitude of production problems (Long story short: Midway through production, Fox studio executives asked director Josh Boone to make a more YA-esque movie instead of a straight-up horror film the director envisioned. Once principal photography wrapped, studio executives changed their minds, this time telling Boone to make New Mutants in line with his original vision) the film was pushed back multiple times. Scheduled reshoots were getting pushed back too — it was a total mess.
After Disney acquired Fox earlier this year, it was widely speculated that the film may never see the light of day, especially after Dark Phoenix turned out to be a massive critical and financial failure. Well, in a surprising turn of events, it looks like there just might be some good news. A couple of film journalists have noted that there was another test screening of a brand new cut of The New Mutants over the weekend and that audiences who got the chance to catch it actually liked it. However, do take everything with a pinch of salt as highly notable sources have yet to share similar information.
The more credible of the two sources, Jacob, editor-in-chief of Discussing Film said:
“There’s been discussions of New Mutants test screenings going around today so I’ll add my two cents. Heard it’s decent, seems this new cut adheres more to Josh Boone’s original vision for New Mutants of a scarier horror comic book movie.”
There’s been discussions of New Mutants test screenings going around today so I’ll add my two cents.
Heard it’s decent, seems this new cut adheres more to Josh Boone’s original vision for New Mutants of a scarier horror comic book movie.
— Jacob (@JacobFisherDF) August 25, 2019
“Hearing the New Mutants test screening went surprisingly well!”
Assuming that these sources are accurate, perhaps New Mutants won’t be such a crap show. After all, writer-director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) is a rather talented helmer. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
The New Mutants will supposedly hit theatres on April 2020.