And The New Mutants loses another release date.
Variety reports the long-delayed film, Disney’s live-action Mulan remake, and the Guillermo del Toro-produced Antlers have been pushed out of their upcoming release dates amid concerns the COVID-19 outbreak will negatively effect box office performance. Currently, each release has been indefinitely postponed.
Originally scheduled for release in February of 2018, New Mutants kept sliding off the schedule for a series of planned reshoots and to accommodate delays and problems with Fox’s other X-Men project at the time, Dark Phoenix. The additional photography — reportedly designed to introduce a new character into the mix — never took place as Disney’s purchase of Fox (now called 20th Century Studios) halted all of the latter studio’s ambitious plans for future X-Men films. The New Mutants will stand as a glimpse of what that future might have been should it ever be released.
Directed by The Fault in Our Stars‘s Josh Boone and based on “The Demon Bear Saga” from the pages of the New Mutants comic book series, the film sees young mutants Rahne Sinclair (Maisie Williams), Illyana Rasputin (Anya Taylor-Joy), Sam Guthrie (Charlie Heaton), Danielle Moonstar (Blu Hunt), and Roberto da Costa (Henry Zaga) housed in a psychiatric hospital where Danielle’s powers appear to be used against her and the others — forcing them to relive their worst fears until they die.
The New Mutants will come to theaters someday, but it will look like an anachronism when it does.
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