The superhero genre is in a fascinating place right now, especially when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and X-Men franchises. The MCU is just weeks away from the release of Avengers: Endgame, while the X-Men will continue their tenure on screen this June with Dark Phoenix. But with Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox official, the future of the mutant-centric property and its spinoffs seem unclear.
The Deadpool franchise may be safe, but the myriad other developing X-Men projects have been put on hold for the time being. There's still the question of Josh Boone' The New Mutants, which will be a horror inspired mutant movie. The film's fate has been a major question surrounding the merger, as its already been delayed a number of times and still hasn't commenced reshoots. But there was some good news for New Mutants at this week's CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
Yesterday at CinemaCon, Disney presented its plans for the future, including some releases that were originally under Fox's control before the merger. The New Mutants was one of the movies presented, revealed to have a release date of August 2nd. This is surprising and hopeful news, as the awesome first trailer arrived back in 2017, before the film's delays started kicking in. And now it looks like Josh Boone's ambitious project is finally arriving in theaters.
After New Mutants was delayed and Disney acquired Fox, it was unclear if/when the project would ever be brought to audiences. Some fans theorized it might end up on Disney+ as the House of Mouse rolls out its upcoming streaming service. What's more, the cast seemed totally clueless regarding the film's future and their X-Men debut. Maisie Williams recently dropped the mic about the prospect saying:
Who knows when the fuck that’s gonna come out.
Well, the answer is apparently August 2nd. While the release date is an exciting update, The New Mutants still has to get reshoots in the can. Reshoots are pretty standard for superhero movies, and will give Josh Boone the chance to finish crafting his story, and allow for the editor's bay to do their magic. But August isn't that far all things considered, so the cast and crew is going to have to hustle to get the new footage in the can and included in the theatrical cut.
Despite its delays, The New Mutant has some good things going for it. The superhero genre doesn't typically tap into the horror world, especially X-Men. Josh Boone assembled a very talented young cast, including Glass' Anya Taylor-Joy, Game of Thrones favorite Maisie Williams, and Stranger Things standout Charlie Heaton. And with a release date ahead, its a relief to know that Disney is still intending on giving the flick a full theatrical release.
The New Mutants will arrive in theaters on August 2nd, following Dark Phoenix on June 7th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.