Against all odds, The New Mutants, Disney and Fox’s beleaguered superhero thriller that’s been delayed numerous times in the past two years, might end up being the film that revives moviegoing.
Though Disney has shuffled around theatrical plans for nearly every movie slated for release in 2020 and beyond, The New Mutants has curiously stayed put on the weekend of Aug. 28. Many had expected that Disney would continue to postpone it, while others speculated that the film might be exported to Disney+ or Hulu. But Disney sent exhibitors a lengthy email on Monday outlining theatrical plans, including news that tickets can be sold starting the morning of Aug. 18.
Theoretically, given the fast-changing nature of the pandemic, it’s still possible that Disney could amend those plans. But for now, The New Mutants will be the first new theatrical release from a major studio since the pandemic forced U.S. cinemas to close in March.