Originally due for release in April 2018, The New Mutants is destined to showcase an entirely new side to the X-Men cinematic franchise. Directed by Josh Boone, The horror movie will show a darker side to the superhero existence through the stories of five young mutants held in a secret facility against their will.
It was recently announced that the April 2018 release date would be pushed back by almost a full year, meaning that the film is now not due for release until February 2019.
Maisie Williams in The New Mutants
In an interview with Collider, Maisie Williams, who plays Wolfsbane, explains the reasoning behind this choice and how the studio will make the most of the extra time. She says:
“Well, it was always a really quick turn around, and there was always battles of how they were going to age it. We finished in September and they were going to release in April and there’s – it’s a mutant film, there’s a lot of effects. There’s a lot of work that goes into the movie. They really make the movie after we finish shooting, so they were always kind of a bit nervous, really. I know how long this sort of thing takes on Game of Thrones and I know the work that they want to put in is – it’s a huge job. “
She goes to explain how the unexpectedly long wait for the movie isn’t necessarily a bad thing, based on her experience of how movie magic gets made in post-production:
“Actually, I think it’s for the better. I think it’s good that we’ve got more time. We’re not so strapped and up against it. It give us time- it gives me time to get to know the project once its finalized. Films take a real different shape after you finish shooting, and after they have edited. Sometimes you watch a movie and with the score, etc, it’s a completely different film than the one you had in mind. I guess you only know that when you have just done the premiere.”
Given her wealth of knowledge about the intricate workings of the film industry, it’s not surprising that Williams makes a sensible point.
The delay has evidently been disappointing for fans who were really looking forward to seeing a scarier side of the X-Men world sooner rather than later. But Williams’s comments offer a little hope that the final product will be worth the wait.