We’ll all be telling our kids about The New Mutants. About how it sat in post-production purgatory for years before its eventual release. Okay, maybe not, but it’s still an interesting story, nonetheless. Here was a film that Fox seemed to have little faith in that they seemed to want a boatload of reshoots for. It wallowed in the black hole of Hollywood until the Fox-Disney merger finally allowed it to resurface. Well, surprisingly enough, it sounds like at least part of that story has been inflated. I’m talking about the reshoots part.
As was reported in the past, the studio had major problems with Josh Boone’s vision. Depending on what you read, they either thought it was too scary or wanted to be scarier. Either way, a lot of outlets stated that the film would require extensive reshoots, and that Boone likely wouldn’t be around to help out. Apparently, a lot of this has been exaggerated, or even downright fabricated.
“Everybody said we did reshoots! We’ve never done reshoots,” Boon told EW. “And I’ll tell you this: if there hadn’t been a merger, I’m sure we would’ve done reshoots the same way every movie does pickups. We didn’t even do that because by the time the merger was done and everything was settled, everybody’s older.”
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As far as why it took so long to make…we still don’t know. But the merger did seem to be taking up a lot of of the bandwidth from the studio.
“We had heard nothing because of the merger,” Boone said. “It was radio silence for about a year where we had no new information at all. When they called me right before I went to go make The Stand and said, ‘Would you come finish the movie?’ I said, ‘I would f—in’ love to come finish the movie!’”
And while it may have taken a while to actually happen, it all may have been a benefit for the actual film.
“In the editing, we were probably 75 percent done,” Boone explained. “We came back and finished it up. It took a couple months, and it was nice to be able to come back. Knate [Lee], my co-writer, and I, we hadn’t seen it in a year. We did a bunch of things here and there that we hadn’t thought about or noticed a year before.”
So, all’s well that ends well? I guess we’ll have to see how the movie actually turned out first. If it turns out well, I’d say it was a journey worth taking. If not, at least Disney isn’t tied to this universe in any meaningful way, right?
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