Crazy-extensive reshoots and release date delays. These are the typical red flags for a stinker of a film. Of course, in recent years, a couple weeks of reshoots has become standard, and even films with countless delays sometimes end up being not-so-bad affairs (World War Z, anyone?), but it’s hard not to get concerned when an already unasked-for movie gets pushed back 10 months.
Such was the case for The New Mutants, an interesting horror twist on the comic book material of the same name. A few months back, we got a trailer for it, and it looked like they really doubled down on the horror. But what does it say about the movie that it was delayed? While she doesn’t delve into the “why” behind it, speaking with CinemaBlend, one of the film’s stars, Anya Taylor-Joy spoke to why it’s a good thing:
“[Director Josh Boone] and I are really close, and he’s a really wonderful collaborator, because he really keeps us involved in everything with the movie. He doesn’t treat us like, ‘You guys act and I make the vision.’ He keeps us very involved in it, and incredibly invested. I think we have such a responsibility to the fans that we are going to make this movie right, and if that takes a bit more time, even though it’s disappointing for people that we’re not coming out at our April 13th slot, I think if we deliver a really great movie overall people will be happier. So we’re striving for that! We’re trying to make the best movie that we possibly can for the people who care about these characters.”
I’m not sure she’ll find much argument there. At the end of the day, all that matters is that the end result is quality. However, I don’t think it’s unreasonable for a fan to be worried by the delay. A delay is indicative of a core story problem, and by delaying for reshoots, you run the risk of trying to put a band-aid over a gunshot wound. Or, even worse, maybe you find yourself tearing open that wound more in the process.
From what we’ve heard, these reshoots could very well add a whole new character to the film…is that something that can ultimately make the film better? Perhaps, but I still have my concerns, and it’s especially disheartening since I was really looking forward to what the film was being sold to me as.
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The New Mutants hits theaters on February 22, 2019.
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