Fresh off the news that Fox’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants would both be delayed significantly, reports are starting to leak out about what exactly caused the projects to be bumped into 2019.
Collider reports The New Mutants, which was bumped from February 2019 to August 2, 2019 (after originally being set to open next month), will be significantly retooled over the next year. The studio is apparently wanting to reshoot as much as 50 percent of the film to make it scarier and add as many as two additional characters to the story in major roles. All this apparently came after director Josh Boone turned in a cut he liked, though the studio felt it was lacking, and these requests have apparently led to some creative differences between both parties.
The story behind Dark Phoenix’s delay is apparently a simpler story, largely tied to the A-list cast. The test screening led the studio to request some relatively standard tweaks that will require some additional shooting, but it proved easier said than done to get stars like Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence all back together for filming. So the studio opted to bump the release date from November 2018 to February 14, 2019 to get the cast back together and provide some additional runway for the effects work to be completed.
The X-Men franchise has always been a key piece of Fox’s puzzle, but in the wake of Logan and Deadpool, it’s only taken on more prominence. Deadpool 2 is set to be a blockbuster later this year, and it seems the studio wants to put the time in to make sure its next two X-Men films can stand out in a similar way.