A report suggests this summer's The New Mutants reshoots will include the filmmakers adding a new, unspecified character to the film.
There has been some unsurprising apprehension and details in the fan community ever since was revealed that 20th Century Fox was moving The New Mutants from April 2018 to February 2019. To be fair, the second month of the year has obviously proven to be a pretty lucrative (and quality) time for genre films in recent seasons with tentpoles like Kingsman, Deadpool, and Black Panther, and perhaps more indicative of New Mutants, The Witch and especially Get Out, doing major business. As The New Mutants is something of a hybrid between superhero movies and more intimate horror cinema, it seems like an apt time to open. However, a 10-month delay is about more than timing: It means reshoots.
Now we have some further details about what those reshoots will entail. In a brief glimpse into the studio politics of 20th Century Fox post-Disney deal, The Hollywood Reporter got a few small updates of all the X-related movies in development, including The New Mutants. We have heard conflicting reports in the past about what the reshoots will be about, but intriguingly, THR reports that the reshoots at least in part include the insertion of a new character into the film.
Which character it will be and what it means for the overall story is currently unknown. This could simply suggest that a familiar mutant would cameo, or a small part is added. But it being dropped in the trade leads us to speculate it could mean a major reworking for the horror-superhero hybrid’s entire structure. We personally hope that early rumors last month are accurate. They suggested the reshoots will result in the film pursuing a darker, more horrific tone after Fox decided the test screening version “wasn’t scary enough.”
With that said, this is a film with a lot riding on it since it continues Fox’s new ethos of doing “experimental” superhero movies that get away from the formula that has surrounded much of their competition, as well as a majority of the X-Men centric films. Set inside a mental institution, as opposed to Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, New Mutants intentionally evokes ‘80s slashers like A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, as well as perhaps One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest. It is about young mutants, including stars Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, and Blu Hunt, learning to harness their powers and turning their “home” into a horror show.
It’s been a passion project for Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars), an up-and-coming director who’s long desired to direct Stephen King adaptations, including The Stand, which this movie also seems to take notes from. Whether the final version will resemble that remains to be seen.