Executives at Fox reportedly hated the first cut of New Mutants so much that they seriously considered reshooting the entire movie. The latest movie in the X-Men universe, and the first to be released since Fox was acquired by media giant Disney, finally hits theaters on Friday, This following a number of delays stretching all the way back to its troubled shoot in 2017. Through that time, the movie reportedly underwent extensive re-editing, with director Josh Boone also saying he tweaked the movie after it was moved to Disney.
The New Mutants that will release in theaters is, therefore, reportedly quite different in tone from the one Boone originally envisioned, shifting from more of a horror back to a fairly standard superhero film with some jump scares. Early reviews for the movie say that while it’s not the disaster that many thought it would turn out to be, considering its many delays, it’s fairly generic and uninspiring and potentially not worth the two-year wait to see it in theaters. However, apparently it’s not as bad as the version that Fox saw initially.
According to a Vulture exposé, the behind-the-scenes drama on New Mutants was far worse than had been previously suspected. The wide-ranging investigation cites anonymous sources who worked at Fox at the time, who reveal that the first cut of the film that was delivered was so bad that executives considered starting over and reshooting the entire movie. The sources quote an unnamed senior executive at Fox, who reportedly said:
You could throw the movie out, start over, and it would still be the least expensive X-Men movie so far.
It’s a stunning revelation that illustrates just why New Mutants was delayed by over a year initially, and then eventually by over two years. While audiences will never know for sure just what the first cut looked like, it’s clear that after seeing it, Fox and/or Disney doubled down and dialed back its more unique horror elements, preferring to release a more standard superhero movie instead. The biggest evidence of this can be seen by comparing the vast differences in tone between the first teaser and the final trailers released recently.
Based on this report, the final product may actually be less interesting than the behind-the-scenes drama on the film. Nevertheless, director Boone and his cast, which includes a host of young Hollywood stars, including Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Blu Hunt and Henry Zaga, will be glad to know that their labor has been rewarded with a full theatrical release. Whether New Mutants manages to draw audiences to theaters, most of whom are likely to save the risk factor for the release of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet next week, remains to be seen, though.