Has “The New Mutants” Been Delayed Because It’s Terrible?

Matthew Loffhagen
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“The New Mutants” is an interesting movie in production.

An attempt at taking the “X-Men” movie franchise in a new, scarier direction, the film comes from director Josh Boone, best known for “The Fault in Our Stars”.

So, for those paying attention thus far, this is a horror film from a young adult movie director, about a group of superheroes. There was no way this was ever going to be a smooth ride from a production standpoint.

The film has been delayed amid rumors that it might not be working out all that well, which frankly wouldn’t feel like much of a surprise.

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Maisie Williams has made an attempt to defend the film and the move to take more time to finish the project, but as much as she may be trying to put a positive spin on things, if anything this makes the film sound worse.

Said Williams:

“Well, it was always a really quick turn around, and there was always battles of how they were going to manage it. We finished in September and they were going to release in April and there’s – it’s a mutant film, there’s a lot of effects. There’s a lot of work that goes into the movie. They really make the movie after we finish shooting, so there was always kind of a bit nervous, really. I know how long this sort of thing takes on Game of Thrones and I know the work that they want to put in is – it’s a huge job. Actually, I think it’s for the better. I think it’s good that we’ve got more time. We’re not so strapped and up against it”

Yeah, that doesn’t really sound like a ringing endorsement for the movie.

It sounds like what Williams is saying is that “The New Mutants” was essentially being rushed, and it made her nervous because by all rights, this film should take much longer than they were giving it.

The line about these kinds of movies really being made in post is almost certainly code. Williams is suggesting that this film was a mess on-set, and all she had to go on was the vague hope that this might look better once edited than it did during principle photography.

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This has got to be a bit of a pain for Williams. She signed on to the “X-Men” franchise movie in the hopes of getting the same kind of free meal ticket that her colleague Sophie Turner gets with Jean Grey, only to discover that nope, this film is a bit of a disaster.

Here’s hoping that “The New Mutants” can be fixed in the edit, and that the extra time given to its production will help to fix some of the issues that Maisie Williams is so horribly nervous about.