Fans can finally get a fresh look at The New Mutants, with a new official trailer which was released today (see below).
Co-written and directed by Josh Boone, The New Mutants was initially scheduled to follow the massively underperforming Dark Phoenix installment as the next stage of the X-Men saga. Boone and fellow co-writer Knate Lee pitched the film as the first part of a new trilogy, based on the comic book series crafted by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod. The project was officially greenlit in May 2015, with filming taking place in Boston throughout 2017.
There were concerns the project would be shelved when Disney took over FOX last year, or that it might turn into a straight to video offering, but apparently not.
Here is the brand new New Mutants trailer from Disney / FOX
Looks like we’ve got the addition of Illyana, a fan favorite in X-Men comics. Her history is vast and complex: she was the sister of Colossus (that guy from the X-Men movies and Deadpool, who can turn his skin into metal), she once died because of a virus that affected only mutants, she ruled the realm of Limbo for a spell, and got involved with parallel realities. She’s a sorceress, hence her codename is Magik.
Now let’s see how the new trailer compares to the first official New Mutants teaser that was unveiled back in 2017.
The New Mutants will follow a disparate group of empowered teenagers who find themselves imprisoned and tormented at a top-secret facility. Conceived in the vein of Nightmare on Elm Street and The Shining, Boone envisioned his adaptation as a full-fledged horror movie. The aforementioned teaser served to emphasize such elements and the all-new trailer appears to have retained a lot of the horror element
Offering a fresh and unique take on the long-running franchise, the teaser was extremely well-received. Despite that, The New Mutants‘ release date was repeatedly pushed back as a result of reshoots. The delays were only further exacerbated when Disney’s acquisition of Fox was finalized. With Disney said to be unimpressed with The New Mutants, even more reshoots and test screenings were scheduled. It’s currently unknown if the reshoots will remove some of the decidedly more horror elements that appear to be prominent in the original trailer above.
Boone took to Instagram Monday to reiterate that New Mutants would officially hit theaters in the first week of April 2020. January 6.