Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox was great news for those who want to see The Hulk eventually tear Wolverine in two in an Avengers movie someday. It was unwelcome news for many others, however, including those exhausted by superhero movies, Fox employees audacious enough to still want to have gainful employment, and Josh Boone’s X-Men adjacent superhero horror flick, New Mutants.
It’s been two years since the first trailer for New Mutants dropped. Release dates have come and gone. Maisie Williams is now 43-years-old. But according to Disney, New Mutants really will receive a theatrical release date…and it could be as soon as this year.
Per a Screenrant report, Disney presented their upcoming film slate for the year at CinemaCon 2019 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Among those confirmed titles were two recent Fox acquisitions, Dark Phoenix and the long-delayed New Mutants. Disney did not announce a specific release date for New Mutants but its placement among the schedule suggests that it may be keeping its previously announced August 2019 release date.
That release date may prove to be ambitious since Disney’s schedule is pretty full as is. But it’s nice to know the film at least remains on the radar.
This will surely come as great news to the cast, who was unsure if the movie would ever see the light of day. Just last week star Maisie Williams shared her doubts that the movie would ever come out. New Mutants is set to star Williams (Game of Thrones), Anya Taylor Joy (Glass), Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things), Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why), and Blu Hunt (Another Life) as young mutants held in a secret facility against their will.
While the Disney/Fox deal wasn’t the sole reason for New Mutants‘ delays, it certainly didn’t help. Previously 20th Century Fox had ordered extensive reshoots of the film to make it scarier. Perhaps one day soon we’ll get to see if the reshoots were successful.