The New Mutants may have faced eternal struggles to the big screen, but at least Bill Sienkiewicz will be providing illustrations. Find out how down below!
The long gestating X-Men spinoff from Marvel and director Josh Boone will apparently see the light of day August 28! The New Mutants centers on a group of super powered teenagers, stuck in a secret facility, learning to survive and control their abilities. As a special treat, artist Bill Sienkiewicz’s illustrations will be featured during the credits.
The news was confirmed by Sienkiewicz himself on Twitter as a follow-up to a tweet from account New Mutants Updates. You can check out the tweet for yourself down below!
Yes indeed ! Have you seen one of screenings? https://t.co/kvtSJT9Y2T
— Bill Sienkiewicz (@sinKEVitch) May 25, 2020
Considering the film is rumored to be a loose adaptation of “The Demon Bear Saga”, it makes sense that the artist who originally put that idea to paper (along with Chris Claremont) would be involved in its film counterpart. So among all the shuffling and rearranging of dates exists a glimmer of hope.
Boone had originally planned reshoots and pickups, but when the opportunity presented itself the cast had aged so much, he said it didn’t make much sense. And at this point, do audiences still care?
The story of The New Mutants is long and sad, originally scheduled for an April 2018 release it has been continuously pushed back. The first shuffling was to give Deadpool 2 room to breathe in its 2018 slot. The film got bumped again to avoid competition with the ill fated Dark Phoenix and then the Disney/Fox merger happened. Finally, with the fate of the film already in the air, the COVID-19 pandemic shut everything down, including movie theaters. This killed any chance of the film showing up in April, 2020.
Billed as a horror film in the superhero genre, I know we were all curious to see what the final product would be. When the teaser dropped it was exciting, different, and enjoyable to know that they were really pushing that horror angle. But I don’t know if anyone but die-hard X-Men fans are willing to pay and see a film that has been on the shelf since 2018 with five different release dates in these uncertain times.
Most studios have pushed their tentpoles and bigger films all the way to 2021. And theaters need content if they do plan to reopen by July of this year. But, I am sure I’m not alone when I say my expectations of this film are lowering with each new date change.
How do you feel about The New Mutants featuring illustrations from Bill Sienkiewicz? Does this increase your excitement for the film? Will you be seeing it when it comes out this August?
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SOURCE: Bill Sienkiewicz