First it was ten months, then a further sixth – either way when Fox’s “The New Mutants” movie does finally make it to screens it certainly won’t be the same movie that was to have been originally released in the next few weeks.
There’s been plenty of speculation over the delays, though it has been confirmed that at least one new character is set to be added to the film. Now, The Tracking Board has released an extensive report on the behind-the-scenes kerfuffle and what’s causing the changes.
The site reports that with the success of “IT,” the studio revised their original PG-13 mandate and allowed for director Josh Boone to go back to his early vision of a full horror film as opposed to the Stephen King-John Hughes hybrid that was shot and was tested to reportedly very good scores. Whether the new scenes will push this into an R-rated feature is unclear, but supposedly most are in the first half of the film.
The site also reveals some details about the film’s post-credit scene which will now be overhauled. The site reports that it would’ve continued the ‘Essex Corporation’ stinger from “X-Men: Apocalypse” and gone as far as featuring actor Jon Hamm as the villain Mister Sinister. Now though, that scene has reportedly been scrapped and will instead feature a different villain to be played by Antonio Banderas.
“The New Mutants” is currently targeting an August 2019 release.