Fox Reportedly Wants Director Josh Boone To Reshoot 50% of THE NEW MUTANTS Movie
It was recently reported that Fox pushed the release dates back for X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants. We won’t be seeing these films released until 2019. Thanks to Collider, we now know the reason for the delay and that reason is because of some reshoots that need to happen.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix was originally scheduled to be released on November 2, 2018 and was moved to February 14, 2019. The New Mutants moved from February 2019 to August 2, 2019. This is the second time that the release date was pushed for that movie. It was originally set for an April 2018 release before being pushed to February.
The delay for Dark Phoenix is because of the scheduling conflicts with all of the actors that they have to bring back together for reshoots. These are said to be reshoots that needed to be done after test screenings to add a few shots. It doesn't sound like the reshoots for Dark Phoenix are a big deal. The earliest that the director Simon Kinberg can get his busy cast back together again is August or September.
The reshoots for The New Mutants is a big deal, though! That film is said to be going through massive reshoots! In fact, the studio is looking to reshoot 50% of the film because they apparently want it to be scarier. The studio doesn’t think it’s scary enough. That’s surprising to me because the trailer that was released really gave off some great creepy, horror vibes.
We previously learned that there were reshoots taking place that added a new character. That is true, but now there’s so much more to it than that.
The report goes on to say that the reactions at test screenings for the film were positive. And Josh Boone delivered a cut to Fox that he was happy with, but apparently, Fox wants more. They want New Mutants to be as "tonally distinct" the same way Logan and Deadpool were. So to get that, they want it to go scarier and they want to add even more characters.
It’s weird to hear that even though the film was met with positive test screenings, the studio still wants to reshoot half of the damn thing! That doesn't seem like the best thing to do. Why fix something that isn’t necessarily broken? Hopefully the decision to do this doesn’t hurt the movie in the long run. I guess we'll find out next year.