Earlier this morning, it was revealed that both X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants would both be getting pushed back. X-Men: Dark Phoenix was pushed to February of next year, and The New Mutants to August. But what is the reason behind these delays?
Let’s start with X-Men: Dark Phoenix. This film has a couple conflicting reports. The first comes from ComicBook.com, which states that the Simon Kinberg-helmed superhero film needed multiple weeks of reshoots to change “significant story points” in the film.
Collider states that, following a test screening, they opted to go through the standard practice of additional photography, but due to the in-demand nature of its A-list cast, had trouble accommodating schedules. This delay was a means of making sure their cast was all able to come back. The earliest everyone could return is August or September of this year, and as such, they’d be rushing to get the VFX done, which is not something to be rushed (as Justice League proved).
But what about The New Mutants? This seems to be a completely different ball of wax. The film was already delayed from its release next month to next year, so pushing it back yet again isn’t exactly promising. Originally, there were rumors that the studio wanted to make it scarier and add a new character. Collider‘s new report corroborates that rumor but goes further. Apparently, director Josh Boone was happy with his cut of the film, but the studio wants it to be more tonally distinct, like how Deadpool and Logan were.
The result? They are supposedly reshooting 50 percent of the movie or more, and are planning on adding a couple more characters to round out the cast — and these new characters will reportedly not just be cameos. Furthermore, it sounds like Boone is having creative differences with the studio, which doesn’t sound promising.
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