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, but their movie also ended up not being given a new release date. How’s that for a never-ending ride?
JUST STREAM IT
With the status of The New Mutants up in the air, Marvel fans began to get involved. They are wanting Disney to release the PG-13 rated The New Mutants on its Disney plus streaming service. And it appears that Disney may be listening.
With new theatrical release date scheduled anymore, New Mutants was briefly listed for pre-order as a Digital Download on Amazon here. The listing didn’t say when it will be available, but you can indeed buy it. That basically confirms its happening and that the movie will not get theatrical release. Following in Universal’s footsteps, Disney has now decided to skip movie theaters and #JustStreamIt
Expect to see the listing return, once they’re more ready to announce the change.
No doubt Disney’s decision to release it streaming instead of waiting for movie theaters to recover, is due at least to the outpouring of support we’ve seen from fans as part of the #JustStreamIt movement. And unlike previously streamed theatricals like Trolls World Tour, this is a major summer release. Not a throw away kids movie.
If the release of New Mutants on streaming ends up being as profitable as the release of Trolls World Tour was, it likely won’t be the last theatrical Disney drops on streaming. Tell Disney you want them to release Black Widow next!
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.”