Originally slated for release in April, 20th Century Fox’s “The New Mutants” was recently pushed back ten months and now won’t open until February 22nd 2019.
The delay is said to be due to additional filming and editing taking place on the project to adjust the tone. Initial reports indicated the aim was to be scarier, though one or two suggested it might go lighter, it’s not clear.
What is clear is the film is sticking to its PG-13 rating, and director Josh Boone has revealed in a new interview that the intention is to push the rating to its limits:
“This movie is probably the hardest PG-13 ever made. I mean, we’ve pushed it. The horror is pretty dark, but there’s also an emotional core, too. If I can scare you and make you cry: that’s the goal.”
The story follows five young mutants who are being held against their will in a secret facility, just as they are starting to discover their mutant abilities. Boone advises that those hoping to see these characters slip on superhero suits are NOT going to get their wish:
“There are no costumes. That alone makes it different. They can’t be with the other kids at the X-Mansion. They’re too f—ed up. They’ve all killed people, whether intentionally or unintentionally.”
Production on the film started in early July and wrapped in early September