The New Mutants director Josh Boone reveals if there were ever any plans to release the film on the Disney Plus streaming service.
The New Mutants has been through it all: numerous release date changes, the FOX/Disney merger, rumors that it would never see the light of day and then when the coronavirus pandemic struck, it felt like it had zero chance to get released theatrically. With everyone stuck at home, studios began to release films before the traditional theatrical window via a premium video on demand rental, and fans began to petition for Disney to release The New Mutants on Disney Plus.
Today, I got the chance to sit down with The New Mutants director Josh Boone and he revealed if the film was ever going to go straight to the streaming service:
No, I mean the last act of the movie was designed to be seen on big screens, like IMAX screens, like it has a massive bear in it and crazy sound design. And I even found watching the sort of more intimate moments earlier in the movie be sort of … I don’t know man, sort of almost more magical on a movie theater. And I do think people should be going to the movies. If they can go to a house party with 700 people without masks on, they can put on a mask and go to a movie and maybe get their rocks off in a more productive way. But I think it brings people together, even if they’re socially distanced. And I think that as long as they’re following the rules they’re supposed to be following, it’s safer than an airplane or a restaurant.
The New Mutants is currently scheduled to hit theaters later this month, so I wouldn’t expect it to hit Disney Plus anytime soon. However, with everything in the world being uncertain, I don’t think anything is set in stone.
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Here is the official synopsis for The New Mutants:
In this terrifying, action-fueled film based on the MARVEL comic series, five young people who demonstrate special powers are brought to a secret institution to undergo treatments they are told will cure them of the dangers of their powers. Included are Danielle Moonstar aka Mirage (Blu Hunt), who creates illusions from other people’s fears; Rahne Sinclair (Maisie Williams), who transforms into the werewolf Wolfsbane; Sam Guthrie (Charlie Heaton), who, as Cannonball, can fly at jet speeds protected by a force field; Roberto da Costa aka Sunspot (Henry Zaga), who absorbs and channels solar power; and Illyana Rasputin aka Magik (Anya Taylor-Joy). The younger sister of Colossus, Magik becomes encased in armor at will and wields a soulsword that amplifies her multiple superhuman and psychic abilities.
Invited by Dr. Cecilia Reyes (Alice Braga) to share their stories about when their powers first manifested, the five “patients” come to understand that they are in a class of people called mutants, who have historically been marginalized and feared. As they relive their origin stories, their memories seem to turn into terrifying realities. Soon, they question what is real and what isn’t, and it becomes clear that the institution isn’t what it seems. Now the question is — why are they being held captive? And who is trying to destroy them? The tension and horror mount in this white-knuckle thrill ride directed by Josh Boone and co-written by Boone and Knate Lee.
Directed by Josh Boone from a script he co-wrote with Knate Lee, The New Mutants stars Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt, and Henry Zaga.
The New Mutants is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on August 28. Stay tuned for all the latest news on The New Mutants and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more exclusive video content!