At the start of the year, 20th Century Fox did something unexpected with its “X-Men” spin-off film “The New Mutants” film. Having already begun marketing the film with a trailer and key art, they ended up delaying it from its planned April release – pushing the movie back first to February 2019 and then later that year in August.
A delay of well over a year for a relatively small film suggested serious problems, and/or more likely massive reshoots – the latter confirmed with the film undergoing a major overhaul and introducing an entirely new character to what was an already completed narrative.
The delays are understandably frustrating for fans, and more so for those who worked on the film including “Split” actress Anya Taylor-Joy who plays Magik in the movie. Back in March, the actress said the delay was “disappointing, frustrating in fact” but added: “it’s more important to make sure that we get it right than rushing to make a date.”
Now, half a year on, she’s spoken to Collider and seems more upbeat about the project and the reshoots helping the movie find its real tone:
“It’s crazy exciting! I love my character. I have such a connection to Illyana. I absolutely adore her, and getting to play her is super fun because she’s sassy and Russian and a little bit psycho. She’s just so much fun to play.
I don’t find [the delay] frustrating because when the film comes out, we want it to be something that will make the fans truly happy.
Taking the time to do it, whilst people might find it a little bit frustrating to wait for it, when we deliver it, it’s going to be fantastic. That’s the most important thing. And getting the opportunity to play the character again is just great.
I think we’re making the movie that we set out to make, in the beginning. That’s what we’re going to end up delivering to people. It feels like the movie we all signed up to do, which is good.”
Alice Braga, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Blu Hunt, and Henry Zaga co-star in the film about five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fighting to escape their past sins and save themselves.
“The New Mutants” opens August 2nd 2019.