The New Mutants has not been announced for streaming…could this be a vote of confidence from Disney?
Poor The New Mutants. It’s almost laughable how bad its luck has been. It was developed at 20th Century Fox, and after its production was done, the studio clearly had little faith in it. It delayed the movie for supposed reshoots, though, director Josh Boone’s comments indicate the reshoots were never intended to be extensive. That being said, the fact that it was delayed in the first place does seem to hint at an overall lack of confidence in the project. Even before the whole merger thing delayed the film even further, there was that kernel of doubt.
The doubt was so great that many of us were cheering for the movie to hit Hulu. It looked like a standard low-to-mid-budget movie, so why not push it out on the streaming service as a way to just get it out there? That seemed like the natural move. And yet, they decided to set a theatrical release for April of 2020.
Okay, fine. It made sense still. They clearly want this movie to get a big-screen treatment, so we’ll allow it. And then the coronavirus hit. And with it, the entire future of the film industry was flipped on its head. For the first time, studios were given the opportunity to share some of their big-budget films directly. And Disney+ — a streaming service hard-up for content — could very well start pushing out content originally intended for the big screen.
And they’ve taken baby steps toward this end. We’ve seen Onward’s theatrical run get slimmed and it get pushed to Disney+ and Digital. In a much bigger move, we’ve seen Artemis Fowl get pushed from a theatrical release to a Disney+ one. And yet, here we are, sitting with an unreleased film.
By all accounts, The New Mutants is perfect for streaming. It has a lower budget, it’s the vestige of 20th Century Fox, and it feels all-around…less than what we expect from most superhero movies. I obviously don’t know the quality of the film, nor do I know their internal discussions, but the fact that it hasn’t already been announced for the small screen when the $100-million Artemis Fowl has is interesting.
If The New Mutants is the train wreck some thought it would be on the heels of Dark Phoenix, you’d think Disney would be tossing this one out as soon as they possibly could. Call me foolish or a tea leaf-reader, but the more it seems like they’ll actually push this thing to theaters, the better it makes the movie look.
But what do you think? Do you agree that The New Mutants not hopping straight to streaming is a vote of confidence from Disney? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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