THR was first to drop the bomb- The New Mutants has been pushed back 10 months from the original release date; going from April 13th, 2017 to February 22nd, 2019. The outlet’s insiders say one reason for the change is the studio’s attempt at avoiding an overlap with X-Men movies in certain overseas marketplaces, where Mutants and Deadpool 2 would have been competing in theaters at the same time.
Whatever their reasoning, everything still remains rather up in the air giving the recent Disney/Fox Studios merger. Everyone is waiting anxiously to see how Disney will proceed with Fox’s existing properties, with special concerns for the lifespan of their more niche projects – including The New Mutants.
An adaptation of the New Mutants comic books, this X-Men cinematic universe installment follows five new mutants who are held in a secret facility against their will. Together, they must fight the dangers of their powers and deal with their troubled pasts, if they are to save themselves.
There is no word that the film has re-entered production, or any extensive re-shoots/re-writes have been ordered. For now we’ll assume the original trailer, teasing a surprisingly dark-in-tone tone film – will reflect the final picture. As for the film’s direction towards horror, The New Mutant’s director Josh Boone told IGN;
We were incredibly inspired by the Demon Bear story which is probably the best, well-known New Mutants story. We also drew on movies like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Stephen King stuff, and even Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.
The New Mutants will now see wide theatrical release on February 22nd, 2019.