There may be more bad news for Fox's The New Mutants, as a new report attributes the second major delay of the film's release to significant reshoots that could account for more than half of the X-Men spinoff.
Director Josh Boone's film was already pushed back by 10 months in January, amid a larger refshuffling of the studio's X-Men slate, from April 13, 2018 to Feb. 22, 2019, purportedly to ratchet up the horror elements, and to add another character. But then news broke on Tuesday that The New Mutants will move again, Aug. 2, 2019.
According to Collider, Boone delivered a new cut of the film, but Fox executives have pushed for more additional photography, to ensure the horror-inspired New Mutants is tonally distinctive, much in the same way Deadpool and Logan are. The website contends more than 50 percent of the film could end up being reshot, which will result in the new character (or possibly characters) being fully integrated into the story.
Reshoots are common on major Hollywood productions, and art necessarily a sign that the film is doomed. For instance, Deadpool 2 returned for reshoots earlier this year, reportedly in response to test screenings that called for more Cable and Domino. Ultimately, Boone will use the delay to improve what he can about the movie after its troubled road to production.
Arriving Aug. 2, 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.