I think it goes without saying that 20th Century Fox didn’t always make the best decisions. I mean, let’s be real, no studio continuously makes the right decisions. Films are such a high-stakes investment that many studios are quick to take the wrong lessons from mistakes made, often in an attempt to course-correct from previous outings. But rather than dig into the bigger reasons “why,” they often go for low-hanging fruit, pushing some nonsense rationalization onto filmmakers.
It appears this was the case with The New Mutants writer and director Josh Boone. The film in question is set in the modern-day, and you may notice that it seems to take place in a more modern setting than its X-Men franchise contemporaries…and that wasn’t by accident.
“They basically decided after Apocalypse, they didn’t want anything set in the past anymore, like that was the reason that it was bad,” Boone told Collider back during a set visit in 2017. “The one before that in the 70s was pretty awesome. The ’67 was pretty great. They want all this stuff moved up to present day, including the X-Men eventually, in some way shape or form, I imagine these will all connect.”
Well, at this point, I don’t think they will connect really at all, but that’s beside the point. The motivation from the studio seemed to be a mix between misinterpreting the failings of Apocalypse and setting things up for a bigger universe. Keep in mind that these comments were years ago before the Fox acquisition.
Personally, I love how blunt Boone is in the comment. That he’s quick to point out, “no, that’s not the reason why everyone hated that movie, as evidenced by the last two.” Luckily, it didn’t seem like that idea inhibited him at all in his vision for The New Mutants.
“It didn’t really matter because they’re in such an isolated location without any wifi or phones or anything that, it may as well be the 80s in terms of the set, it didn’t change our story very much. It limited though who we could use character-wise,” Boone said. “But in some ways it made it better, because it freed us from… it’s really able to be its own thing, which I appreciate more now than I did when I had to make that decision. But we’re really excited about it.”
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