When it was announced at the start of the year that all Fox/Marvel films would change their release dates, some closer, some farther, it seemed like bittersweet news. It seemed like especially sour news for the horror-drama film, The New Mutants, which got pushed back to February 2019 from its original April 2017 date.
The New Mutants centers around a group of teenagers who discover their mutant abilities while trapped in a secret experimental facility. The mutant-based film boasts an impressive young cast with Charlie Heaton playing Cannonball, Anya Taylor-Joy playing Magik, Blu Hunt as Mirage, Henry Zaga playing Sunspot, and Maisie Williams as Wolfsbane.
Director Josh Boone has set out to make the film different from any other film within the mutant genre, making it more towards the horror genre, rather than simply a superhero action movie. In fact, the milder rating of PG-13 that The New Mutants has is something that Boone had difficulty with keeping.
“This movie is probably the hardest PG-13 ever made. I mean, we’ve pushed it. The horror is pretty dark, but there’s also an emotional core, too. If I can scare you and make you cry: that’s the goal,” Boone said.
Although the filming wrapped in September 2017, the cast and crew suddenly have a whole lot of extra time on their hands before the film releases. With all of this new time given to the creators, it did create a lot of time to keep tinkering around with the final cut. Perhaps that PG-13 rating will become an R after all.