You can forgive our skepticism, but The New Mutants is once again scheduled for release. This time on August 28th, 2020 — its fifth planned debut in two years.
The word comes from The Hollywood Reporter as Disney continues to map out a post shutdown theatrical release calendar. The film, originally produced by 20th Century Fox before Disney bought the studio, was intended to jump start a new era for Fox’s X-Men film series. Sadly, it fell victim to changes late in Fox’s existence; losing release date after release date due to circumstances beyond its control like problems with Dark Phoenix. At one point, a plan was formed to use the delay to reshoot parts of the film and introduce a new character, but this never occurred. Instead, the film to screen in August will be the same one intended to hit theaters back on April 13th, 2018.
Based on “The Demon Bear Saga” from the pages of the New Mutants comic book series, young mutants Rahne Sinclair (Maisie Williams), Illyana Rasputin (Anya Taylor-Joy), Sam Guthrie (Charlie Heaton), Danielle Moonstar (Blu Hunt), and Roberto da Costa (Henry Zaga) are housed in a psychiatric hospital where Danielle’s powers appear to be used against her and the others — forcing them to relive their worst fears until they die. The film, should it actually come out in August, will be a strange epitaph to Fox’s control of the X-Men property even as it suggests a future we will never see.
Then again, it is always possible the film will be delayed, so we’ll remain skeptical that The New Mutants will finally screen on August 28th.