Disney is still keeping 20th Century Studios/Marvel’s “The New Mutants” on the theatrical release calendar which is set to open “in theaters” on August 28, 2020.
But what this date also means that Disney is very tired of delaying this one film and this is big news as theaters are very unlikely to open by August end and even if theaters open, people are not very likely to go in them. So, sticking with the release date clearly means the film is heading towards a VOD and a limited theatrical release first and later it will move to Disney Plus. ‘Bill & Ted Face The Music’ has already adapted this same strategy.
“The New Mutants” writer and director Josh Boone also indicated it:
“Well, I mean, I don't really get scared about stuff like that (VOD release). I just want as many people to see it as possible. And for everybody who wants to see it to be able to see it, So obviously if we can do it theaters, that's always my first choice. But like Disney came to me and said they were gonna stream it I'd be like awesome. Then everybody can watch it. It'd be great.”
Disney Studios is one of the biggest studios and it has as many as 10 films planned for theatrical release this year, 4 of them has already moved to Disney+ and blockbusters like Black Widow and Mulan has already been delayed. “The New Mutants” might be the only film which as been delayed over 5 times in past 2 years and it might be the time when Disney has enough.
The 30-minute [email protected] panel — featuring stars Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt, and Henry Zaga, and writer-director Josh Boone (“The Fault in Our Stars”) — opened with a cheeky teaser trailer that acknowledged the superhero horror film’s five release dates starting with April 13, 2018, with each date crossed out in favor of a new one.
Rumors were flying around yesterday that the horror-mutant movie was headed to Disney+ in September. This was spurred from a fan-made trailer posted to reddit. Disney today "fingers crossed" indicated before today’s panel that New Mutants would stick to its current Aug 28 release date.
The decision to keep “New Mutants” to its release date is especially noteworthy given that right before the “New Mutants” panel began, Disney announced a major reshuffle to its release schedule for 2020 and beyond — including pushing the “Star Wars” and “Avatar” titles back a year — due to uncertainty over when theaters can reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Throughout the panel, Boone and the cast joked openly with moderator Ira Madison III about how the film has seemed “cursed.” So as a reward to patient fans, the presentation concluded with the debut of the opening scene (extended first look at the film) from the movie (watch above at end of the video or watch below).
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