– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Earlier today, we shared a report that 20th Century Fox was shuffling around the release dates of their upcoming Marvel films. Deadpool 2 got pushed up a couple weeks and Gambit got delayed a few months. But the biggest red flag was The New Mutants‘ own date change.

The New Mutants — a horror film for which we’d already seen a trailer — was delayed a crazy 10 months. Rather than get an April release this year, it was delayed until February of 2019. So why the change?

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According to a new report from TheWrap, the reason for this shift is because the current cut of the film “isn’t scary enough.” This is pretty interesting. Admittedly, when I first heard it was delayed, I’d wondered if Fox was getting cold feet, and wanted to go back in and make the film more mainstream, but it sounds like they’re doing just the opposite here, if this report is to be believed.

The Tracking Board, in a piece of their own, stated that while The New Mutants tested well with audiences, it wasn’t great. Given this drastically different approach to a superhero story, perhaps “well” wasn’t good enough for Fox, which is admirable.

While we’re all for making a better film, I certainly hope this doesn’t make the movie a Frankensteined project. We’ve seen what studio meddling could do, and hopefully, all these changes made are made in line with the vision of director Josh Boone, and are in service of a better, more cohesive story (though I fully acknowledge that no one makes decisions going into it thinking, “Man, I can’t wait to make the story s**tier”).

What do you think is up with The New Mutants? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: TheWrap, The Tracking Board

  • Victor Roa

    ugh, that’s a bad sign

    • TheOct8pus

      Seriously. A good horror movie has a scary script….obviously, they forgot about there here…

  • Lenin1959

    Suit: Needs… more… jump… scares!

    • Kindofabigdeal

      When I seen the trailer I thought wow, they are doing something different. Combining the x-men universe with generic paint by numbers horror.

  • Rez

    Wow…10 months! That’s really not a good sign for this movie. I really liked the cast but I wonder if it has something to do with the Disney deal. This could end up on the shelf and not seeing the light of day

    • Gummy_Grizzly

      I fear that may be the case. Because an R-rated horror movie doesn’t jive with Disney’s “family friendly” image.


    Maybe they’ll actually get to use their powers against an adversary in the newer version of the film coming out next year. Looked like they were just going to be tortured and victimized for 90% of the film, fight whatever their is in about 2 mins before the finale and escape the facility. Also, where in hell is Karma? She’s the de facto leader of the mostly female group.

    • suckit15694

      still say the villain should be the shadow king

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Test audiences are lucky. They get to watch two different versions of the same film. The only time I got that was with Brazil and that third Exorcist.

    • Derek Spent

      George C Scott Exorcist? I love that film and had totally forgot about it. Thanks!

  • Andy

    I wonder what was the initial reaction to the footage they showed at Brazilian Comic Con. If someone leaked it or release it to the general public and see how the people will respond. If mostly positive, then they could’ve considered to let the original release date stay.

  • TheOct8pus

    So they’re just going to shoot a bunch of jump scares?

  • Food4Thought

    Because now that Disney will be making good X-Men movies nobody cares.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.