Will they? Won’t they? When then? The saga that is befitting a Disney World roller coaster ride called The New Mutants continues to twist and turn, the light at the end of the tunnel way off in the distance. For those who have been on this ride since its inception, kudos.
April 3, 2020, The New Mutants was FINALLY going to hit movie theaters and cinema complexes across the country. But then a little thing we kindly refer to as the coronavirus struck and life as we knew it was put on permanent hold. Movie theaters shut down so, in turn, movie studios began reshuffling release dates, unsure of when life was going back to some semblance of normalcy. Unfortunately for New Mutant fans, they were not only caught up in the reshuffle.
Now New Mutants is slated for a release on August 28, 2020. It’s a theatrical release ONLY so they only way you’ll be able to see it is by finding a movie theater, if there’s one open near you, and buying a ticket.
NEW MUTANT REVIEWS
It’s a movie release that’s been years in the making. And now we know why. This movie is terrible. Or at least that’s what the critics are saying. The reviews are in and New Mutants has a terrible 20% positive rating amongst reviewers.
Here’s a sampling of what just some of the reviewers are saying about The New Mutants…
“It’s doubtful any movie could live up to more than two years of pent-up anticipation, and this movie confirms that doubt.” – National Post
“A movie best forgotten by all involved.” – JoBlo
“Re-shot, re-cut and somehow rescued from total obscurity, Boone’s movie isn’t half bad. Alas, it’s not half good either.” – Variety
“In a world where normal seems very abnormal indeed, to experience something middling feels surprisingly refreshing.” – Slashfilm
“A plodding viewing experience, even with lowered expectations. It’s a better fit for television, as Boone is making a network pilot, not a big screen experience.” -Blu-Ray.com
“It doesn’t really work as an angsty romance, misses the mark as a horror movie and never for a minute feels like a superhero flick.” – Columbus Underground
The ride began back in 2017 when production commenced on the comic book – horror movie. Josh Boone (upcoming The Stand) took on the directing role as well as a co-screenwriter. Drawing on inspiration from early Wes Craven (Nightmare on Elm Street) films, Boone was looking to create a horror comic book movie set in the X-Men universe. But he was pushing for an R-rated film, wanting to follow in the footsteps of some successful R-rated comic book movies such as Deadpool and Logan. And this is where things began to go off the rails.
The film was given its first release date of April 2018. For some reason, the studio backed away from the R-rating but still wanted to up the horror ante. Re-shoots were called for. But the problem with the re-shoots was that trying to get the movie’s busy stars together again at the same time was extremely difficult. Obviously, this led to more delays. It was given a new release date of February 2019. Almost one year after the first.
The first trailer for the movie dropped before its initial release date and seemed to be in line with what Boone was shooting for. A horror story set in the X-Men universe.
It looked promising. But more delays occurred, and that second release date moved to a third, supposedly based on more re-shoots. The third release was set for August 2019. The funny thing with those re-shoots; Boone says they never happened.
BOONE SHOOTS DOWN RESHOOTS
He told Entertainment Weekly via a phone interview, “Everybody said we did reshoots! We’ve never done reshoots. And I’ll tell you this: if there hadn’t been a merger, I’m sure we would’ve done reshoots the same way every movie does pickups. We didn’t even do that because by the time the merger was done and everything was settled, everybody’s older.”