Fox’s New Mutants is a lot like my first romantic relationship. There were a lot of ups and downs, the future was always uncertain, and it looks like it’s ending in complete and utter horror. Unlike me and Brenna, however, that’s good news for the X-Men spinoff. According to Anya Taylor-Joy, who plays mutant Illyana Rasputin (AKA Magick), the film is undergoing reshoots right now. And those reshoots are intended to make New Mutants the horror film it was always meant to be.
Taylor-Joy (The VVitch, Split) sat down with Collider to give fans much needed clarification as to the status of the movie. If you’ve been following any New Mutants coverage, you already know that the movie’s production has been an off-screen nightmare. Originally a Rated-R horror script, the movie rubbed some executives at Fox the wrong way, and they pushed for a PG-13 script. Plus, the sale of Fox to Disney made some believe that the studio would be hesitant to take the X-Men in such a dark direction. Which I understand. I mean, how successful could an R-rated X-Men movie ever be? *cough* Logan, Deadpool *cough*
However, Taylor-Joy’s interview confirms that Fox and director Josh Boone are committed to putting the nightmare back on-screen. Still, that commitment comes with a price: extensive reshoots. As of now, New Mutants won’t come out until August 2, 2019. This is a shocking push back from the original release date, which was April 13th of this year. It’s a dismaying thought, to be sure, but Taylor-Joy assures us it’s worth it:
I don’t find [the delay] frustrating because when the film comes out, we want it to be something that will make the fans truly happy. Taking the time to do it, whilst people might find it a little bit frustrating to wait for it, when we deliver it, it’s going to be fantastic. That’s the most important thing. And getting the opportunity to play the character again is just great.
For more of Taylor-Joy’s comments on the next X-Men movie, check out the full interview at Collider above.
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