Background Information

  • The New Mutants is a spinoff and final film from the 20th Century Fox era of the X-Men franchise. It was shot before the character rights moved over to Marvel Studios and its release date has been pushed multiple times. 
  • Because of the merger between Disney/Fox, the X-Men spinoff avoided reshoots and will be pretty much the version director Josh Boone had originally intended to release. 
  • Recently, the film was pulled off the release schedule by Disney as a result of coronavirus concerns. 
  • CDC recommendations led AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas to close all their U.S. locations for the next couple of months (AMC potentially until mid-June) and a new release date for New Mutants has yet to be announced. 
  • Dark Phoenix was the final movie in Fox’s main X-Men franchise and was written/directed by franchise producer Simon Kinberg. The film had a franchise-low opening weekend at $32.8 million and was only able to earn $252.4 million (less than the original film made in 2000) globally on a hefty budget of $200 million. 


In the latest issue of EmpireMagazine (spotted by ComicBookResources), co-writer and director Josh Boone talked about his ease about the release of New Mutants after the disastrous release of Dark Phoenix and suggests that his film might not suffer the same fate.

BOONE: “Look, you can only go up after Dark Phoenix. That’s not to say anything bad about the people involved, but it was what it was.” 

“Honestly, I feel less pressure now than I did ahead of [the first slated release date]. Because we’ve tested our movie so many times, and audiences have loved it.”

Although it is worth noting we now know New Mutants has been delayed again and this interview was most likely conducted way before that happened. 


Why It’s Important & Takeaways (!!!)

Josh Boone seems to be very confident about how audiences will react to New Mutants after multiple test screenings which could be a good sign and seems pleased-as-punch that the film wasn’t meddled with by producers or the studio. 

The New Mutants seemingly won’t have ties to the Singerverse which might be why he’s able to distance New Mutants from Dark Phoenix. 

If New Mutants does get a theatrical release as we assume it will, it has a really good shot of earning more of a profit than Dark Phoenix and it wouldn’t even be a huge struggle given its budget would be considerably less than Dark Phoenix.

I’d wager to guess it was made for between $50-100 million. 

So, there is certainly less pressure on New Mutants than Dark Phoenix because the films obviously had two drastically different budgets and box office expectations. 


New Mutants stars Maisie Williams as Rahne Sinclair aka Wolfsbane, Anya Taylor-Joy as Illyana Rasputin aka Magik, Charlie Heaton as Sam Guthrie aka Cannonball, Henry Zaga as Roberto da Costa aka Sunspot, Blu Hunt as Danielle Moonstar aka Mirage, and Alice Braga as Dr. Cecilia Reyes.

20th Century Studios in association with Marvel Entertainment presents “The New Mutants,” an original horror thriller set in an isolated hospital where a group of young mutants is being held for psychiatric monitoring. When strange occurrences begin to take place, both their new mutant abilities and their friendships will be tested as they battle to try and make it out alive.

The New Mutants is currently without a new release date and we’ll have to wait on Disney to give us an update on that. 

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