One of the most unexpected release date changes in recent times was that of 20th Century Fox pushing back its “X-Men” spin-off film “The New Mutants” by almost a year.
The Josh Boone-directed film blends both a young adult and horror approach and marketing had begun with a well-received trailer released late last year. Then the significant delay was announced, quickly leading to speculations of problems with the project.
Not unsurprisingly it was revealed a big reason for the delay was to accommodate reshoots, rewrites and the addition of an entirely new character being inserted into the already fairly complete film.
“The Witch” and “Split” star Anya Taylor-Joy is one of the actors involved in both cuts and this week, out doing press for “Thoroughbreds,” spoke with The Playlist about the “New Mutants” delay. The site says her response trod carefully as she was “clearly concerned about what she could and couldn’t say, nevertheless, you could hear the disenchantment in her voice”. She replied:
“Well, the only thing that I could say, without being in trouble, is that it being delayed is disappointing, frustrating in fact, because we were all very excited for it to be released on April 13th, and I don’t mean just disappointing for me, but I’m sure there are a lot of other fans that were looking forward to seeing it.
I do think that there is a great responsibility to make sure the movie is done right and that we deliver the fans something that they can all feel happy about and excited about. So, I don’t think it being delayed is a bad thing because it’s definitely more important to make sure that we get it right than rushing to make a date. So, hopefully, all of these reshoots and adding of the new character that will give the fans an altogether satisfactory, wonderful product.”
“New Mutants” marketing is on hold for now and likely won’t start up again until closer to the film’s release in February next year.