Originally part of Twentieth Century Fox’s X universe, The New Mutants was supposed to come out in 2018. That’s even before Avengers: Infinity War. But the Disney/Fox merger threw a monkey wrench into those plans. The New Mutants went through release date after release date, with Disney committed to a theatrical release. The latest theatrical release date was August 28… And it seems Disney is still sticking to that date, somehow. As part of this year’s Comic-Con @ Home however, the cast of The New Mutants came together for a special panel. While they didn’t announce a streaming date, they did give fans an extended clip.
On hand were Maisie Williams (Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane); Anya Taylor-Joy (Illyana Rasputin/Magik); Charlie Heaton (Sam Guthrie/Cannonball); Alice Braga, Blu Hunt (Danielle Moonstar/Mirage); Henry Zaga (Roberto da Costa/Sunspot); and director Josh Boone. Moderating the event was Ira Madison. The panel made light of the many, many release date changes. One cool thing fans got to see is the film’s opening. You can view above starting at around the 24 minute mark.
The official description of The New Mutants describes it as “an original horror thriller set in an isolated hospital where a group of young mutants is being held for psychiatric monitoring. When strange occurrences begin to take place, both their new mutant abilities and their friendships will be tested as they battle to try and make it out alive.”
Director Josh Boone describes the film as a mix of superheroics and horror, and that is very evident from the clip at the panel. The storyline for his film largely draws from writer Chris Claremont’s “Demon Bear Saga,” from his New Mutants comic book run in the ’80s.
All we know is that by the time the New Mutants finally hits theaters (or streaming), they are probably going to need to be renamed the Old Mutants!
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