A couple days back, we got a couple reports that discussed some of the potential reasons behind the delays of X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants. If they were to be believed, The New Mutants was getting an extensive overhaul against the director’s wishes and X-Men: Dark Phoenix‘s deal was more of a scheduling issue than a crucial story issue.
Now, THR is here to embellish on the latter film a bit. According to the outlet, the film came in slightly under budget (good on you, Simon Kinberg), but as it stood, it needed some third act re-work. As such, the studio decided to send it off for more reshoots. The content of these reshoots is unknown, as writer/director Simon Kinberg hasn’t written them yet, but they are expected to cost less than $10 million to execute.
Given that the film already came under budget, it doesn’t sound like this delay will cost Fox a whole lot more than they were already planning, which is a good sign. That, coupled with the scheduling difficulty rumor gives me a bit more faith in the project, which I’ve been nervous about from the beginning.
Perhaps the film hit some X-Men: Apocalypse-style third act woes that they decided to address? I’d like to think that these changes will be made in service of a much better movie, but you never know where an exec’s head is at.
When all said and done, this new date for the film gives it an opportunity to open in a relatively quiet February. Plus it’ll be around a date that served movies like Deadpool and Black Panther so well. Perhaps this particular film’s delay will ultimately be a good thing.
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