It’s been a long, long journey to the big screen for The New Mutants, with the film finally being released into theaters now that they’re re-opened again, following a months-long shut down due to the current global coronavirus pandemic.
However, as Vulture reports, there was a point during the feature’s production process after principal photography had been completed, where Fox was so unhappy with the initial cut of the movie that they’d been shown, that the studio considered scrapping it and reshooting the entire film from scratch.
According to Vulture sources, part of this had to do with the film’s cheaper budget compared to previous X-Men films, with one unnamed, high-ranking Fox executive reportedly claiming that, « You could throw the movie out, start over, and it would still be the least expensive X-Men movie so far. »
Despite rumors to the contrary, no reshoots actually took place for the film, according to director Josh Boone (The Stand), partly due to Disney’s buyout of 20th Century Fox, a merger that took two years to complete.
“Everybody said we did reshoots! We’ve never done reshoots,” Boone stated earlier this year. “And I’ll tell you this: if there hadn’t been a merger, I’m sure we would’ve done reshoots the same way every movie does pickups. We didn’t even do that because by the time the merger was done and everything was settled, everybody’s older.”
Even though no reshoots may have taken place, Vulture reports that there were several iterations of the film script, with the studio and Boone going back and forth over versions of the film’s story, as the director remained adamant about his original concept. As it stands, the soon-to-be-released horror-thriller centers on five teenage mutants who meet at a sinister facility run by Dr. Cecelia Reyes (Elysium’s Alice Braga), where they’re trapped after seeking out help with their out-of-control powers.
In earlier versions of the script, penned by Boone and his childhood friend Knate Lee, Reyes’ role was replaced by Storm, a powerful weather-controlling mutant, who is also a fan-favorite member of the X-Men.
« She was their sadistic jailer, » another unnamed source told Vulture, describing the role she’d played in that version of the story as akin to a prison warden. « It felt like the kids were being tortured. If the X-Men are holding [the young mutants] there, it can’t feel different from the mental furniture that audiences bring into the theater knowing that the X-Men are good guys. Storm like that made no sense.”
The character would have been played by Alexandra Shipp (Tragedy Girls), who played the most recent iteration of the character on the big screen, first bringing her to life in X-Men: Apocalypse, and last playing her in Dark Phoenix.
Finally making its way to theaters on Aug. 28, The New Mutants stars Blu Hunt (The Originals), Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things), Anya Taylor-Joy (Glass), and Henry Zaga (Teen Wolf) as the titular teens.
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