The recent delay news from Fox’s The New Mutants haven’t painted a very bright picture for the horror-film, but all hope isn’t lost, as a new report now claims the studio is determined to get it right. This includes tweaking the film in various ways, including the horror aspect and a now severely changed post-credit scene.
TrackingBoard‘s Jeff Sneider has the scoop on what’s currently going on with the teen-centered film, and it’s a mix of good and bad things that will hopefully result in something better. It’s no secret Fox has been struggling with The New Mutants; two major release date changes teased something was happening behind-the-scenes. The reshoots have also been rumored to be major, but it seems like that’s not entirely the case.
The first cut of the film from director Josh Boone was exactly what the script and Fox demanded, but Boone was handicapped from adding anything extra to spice up the horror elements. With that said, there aren’t huge creative differences between the director and studio, he made what he and Fox agreed on. The test screenings were also said to be very good, but this was before they started to market the film as a fully-fledged horror fest. So instead of releasing a film more in line with previous X-Men installments, they know they’ve had more success with unique superhero movies so decided to change it. The realization led them to not only extend the reshoots but also allow for Josh Boone to make the horror film he originally wanted to make. It’s interesting how things turn out sometimes.
In inclusion to reshoots, the post-credit scene has also been changed dramatically. The report claims that Jon Hamm, a fan-favorite for Batman, was originally set to appear in the scene as the villainous Mr. Sinister. That’s been changed entirely though as Fox has decided to switch out the villain for another (undisclosed) one, played by Antonio Banderas. This is a pretty big change, but I think it has to do with the film now being released after Deadpool 2 and X-Men: Dark Pheonix, with the former (rumor has it) possibly including a post-credit scene featuring the villain. It’s not known if Jon Hamm will be seen as the character at a later date, but I reckon he’s already signed on for the role elsewhere.
This is a lot of info including the drama and tone changes, but I think something great could come out of this. Logan and Deadpool have proven to be smash hits for Fox, so another unique take on the X-Men universe shouldn’t be a bad thing.
The New Mutants will (hopefully) hit theaters on August 2, 2019