Who's up for another round of confusion regarding The New Mutants? Hot on the heels of the trailer for Dark Phoenix, (which has been pushed back again), we have word today that the world of this other upcoming X-Men tale is still being worked out, and may attempt to target an R rating. It also might not. There is too much confusion, and we can't get no relief.
Let's do a broad recap: The New Mutants was originally supposed to come out this past April, before it was pushed to Feb. 22, 2019. It was then pushed once again to Aug. 2, 2019 to accomodate reshoots, which were said to be changing the film's tone as well as adding a new character. The actress behind Illyana "Magik" Rasputin, Anya Taylor-Joy, said in September that despite the reshoots, the film still "feels like the movie we all signed up to do."
She may have been talking about the scripts for the planned reshoots, or something of that nature, because according to Collider, producer Simon Kinberg just said that the reshoots have yet to take place. This may be because director Josh Boone's film seems to be undergoing a bit of an identity crisis — does it want to be an R-rated horror, or a PG-13 superhero fun fest? Nobody seems to know.
Kinberg goes on to say that it is “the kind of movie that could go R, or it could be a hard PG-13." He admits that it is being teased as a horror film, but that "it stars a very young cast." And that "...the studio is open to either rating," mentioning that superhero movies usually go for a PG-13, unless they have the words Logan or Deadpool in the title. He also notes that horror films usually go for an R, and that "we’ll see where this one falls." Whatever rating they go for, though, Kinberg maintains "it is a very scary, edgy movie.”
Scary and edgy are both good, but let's get serious for a second and ask a genuine question: What in the name of Charles Xavier's wheelchair is going on with this movie? Between the pushbacks, the rumors, the reshoots, and the entire tone of the thing being in an ever-shifting state of flux, we're very confused. Between this movie (featuring Maisie "Arya Stark" Williams) and the aforementioned Dark Phoenix (starring Sophie "Sansa Stark" Turner), you've got two X-Men films that feature Stark sisters from Game of Thrones. The sun might rise in the west and set in the east by the time either of them is actually seen. Hopefully the reshoots will proceed as planned, and the powers that be will pick a lane.
There's one thing we know for sure when it comes to the X-films of late — absolutely nothing. Legion is pretty great, though.
The New Mutants will come out on Aug. 2, 2019... unless it doesn't. We don't know anymore.