"Did you know that baby rattlesnakes are more dangerous than adult ones? They haven't learned to control how much venom is secreted. All of you are dangerous. That's why you're here."
Dr. Cecilia Reyes[src]

The New Mutants is an upcoming superhero film with elements of the horror genre. It is slated to be released on April 3, 2020, and will be the thirteenth installment in the X-Men film series.

Due to the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by The Walt Disney Company, The New Mutants will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.[2] This will also mark the final film in Fox's X-Men Universe.


Held in a secret facility against their will, five new mutants have to battle the dangers of their powers, as well as the sins of their past. They aren't out to save the world — they're just trying to save themselves.[3]


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At a Fox Blu-Ray press event in Beverly Hills in September 2009, Lauren Shuler Donner confirmed that there are plans for a film involving the New Mutants. However, she stressed that it has yet to be pitched to the studio.

In May 2015, Deadline reports that Josh Boone was hired to direct and co-write, alongside Knate Gwaltney, a film adaptation of The New Mutants comic-book series.[11] Acting as a spin-off to the X-Men film series, the film will be written by Boone and Gwaltney, while Donner and Kinberg are attached to produce.[12]

In August 2015, Boone shared an image of the script which he was writing along with Gwaltney and was "not done yet."[13]

In October 2015, Boone had finished the script for the film with Knate Gwaltney, and tweeted that the first draft for the script is complete.[14] Kinberg has stated that the film will be a Young Adult movie.[15]

In May 2016, Kinberg confirmed that the script included Professor X, and stated his hope for filming to start at the beginning of 2017.[16]

3 months later, in August 2016, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, who had worked with Boone writing The Fault in Our Stars, were also working on the script for The New Mutants. The title team's roster had also expanded to include the character Warlock. Boone explained that he brought Neustadter and Weber onto the film to write a new draft of their script while he and Lee were busy on another project.[17][18] During the same month, it was reported that Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber would write the script with the films line up to include Danielle Moonstar, Wolfsbane, Sunspot, Cannonball, Magik, and Warlock.[19]

In November 2016, Coming reports that Demon Bear would be the main antagonist in the film, the site also reveal that 20th Century Fox is currently targeting a Spring 2018 release date, the film's tone is describing as a "Stephen King meets John Hughes-style horror movie" and that Nat Wolff is being eyed for the role of Cannonball.[20] Boone announced, on his Instagram page, that Pre-Production has began.[21][22]

The film had entered pre-production in Boston, Massachusetts by April 2017, in preparation for filming to begin in that city. Location scouting had been taking place, including at Medfield State Hospital, which was previously used as a filming location for Shutter Island.[23] Fox scheduled New Mutants for an April 13, 2018 release. Several weeks later, the studio officially announced the casting of Taylor-Joy and Williams, and was "making serious efforts to find ethnically appropriate actors" for the cast, widely searching for a South American to play Sunspot and a Native American to play Moonstar. By then, Kinberg was producing the film with Karen Rosenfelt; McAvoy was no longer slated to appear in the film; and Wolff was no longer in the running to portray Cannonball.[24][25]

In May 2017, it was reported that James McAvoy would not be reprising his role Professor X for the film. Even though his three-picture deal with 20th Century Fox was completed with the release of X-Men: Apocalypse, it has been expected that the studio will re-sign McAvoy so that he continue to portray Charles Xavier/Professor X -- one of the world's most powerful mutant telepaths -- in New Mutants and Dark Phoenix.[26][27] At the end of the month, Henry Zaga was expected to be cast as Sunspot, and Rosario Dawson—who also portrays the Marvel character Claire Temple across the various Marvel Netflix television series—was in talks to join the film as Cecilia Reyes, a mentor to the title group.[3][28]

It was explained that McAvoy was no longer involved due to Professor X being written out of the script with further drafts, and Alexandra Shipp's Storm had likewise been written out of the film. Additionally, Boone confirmed that the film would be "a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe. There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different". He was particularly influenced by Bill Sienkiewicz' time as artist on the New Mutants comic, which he called, "a darker and more surreal and impressionistic X-Men series than we’d ever seen before".[3] Boone had previously stated that he does not like horror films, except for "classic ones" such as The Exorcist, Rosemary's Baby, and The Shining, but was looking to "pioneer and champion doing prestige versions of horror films" based on his love for horror novels such as King's works. At the end of the month, Charlie Heaton was in talks to portray Cannonball.[29]

At the start of June 2017, Zaga, Dawson, and Heaton were confirmed to have been cast, and newcomer Blu Hunt was cast as Danielle Moonstar after an extensive and challenging international search that prioritized "ethnic authenticity".[30][31] The character was believed to be central to the Demon Bear storyline that the film focuses on. At the end of the month, Dawson exited the film, and Alice Braga was cast as Reyes in her place.[9]

In early July 2017, ahead of the film’s spring 2018 release, the cast of New Mutants has arrived for filming in Boston. Stars Henry Zaga, Maisie Williams, and Charlie Heaton have been spotted in the Massachusetts capital with filming expected to start any day.[32] Principal photography began on July 10, in Boston, under the working title Growing Pains.[33][34]

On September 13, the official logo for the film, courtesy of director Josh Boone, released as a blood-splattered and bear-mauled image, teasing the horror elements that will be on display in The New Mutants.[35] Peter Deming served as cinematographer for the film, with shooting ending on September 16.[36] After filming wrapped on New Mutants, Fox chairman and CEO Stacey Snider compared the setting of the film to a "Breakfast Club detention/Cuckoo’s Nest institutional setting", and described the film as "a haunted-house movie with a bunch of hormonal teenagers. We haven’t seen it as a superhero movie whose genre is more like The Shining.[37]

On October 2017, Boone said that A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors was also an influence on the film. He confirmed that it is set in modern day; clarified that Warlock was not in the film, but could appear in a sequel; and said that the Demon Bear would not be the main antagonist of the film, just that "it's very much inspired by that run on the comics."[38]

On January 11, 2018, The New Mutants was pushed back to February 22, 2019, 10 months from its original release date: April 13, 2018. Insiders say one reason for the change is for the studio to avoid having an overlap with X-Men movies in certain overseas marketplaces, where The New Mutants and Deadpool 2 would have been in theaters at the same time.[1]

In February 2018, it was reported that The New Mutants was undergoing reshoots to insert a new character before release [39].

On March 27, 2018, the film was pushed back yet again from its previously scheduled release date of February 22, 2019 to August 2, 2019. According to sources from Collider, Fox ordered reshoots to make The New Mutants scarier in tone, even going so far as to add a new character. While test screenings were reported to go well, and director Josh Boone was satisfied with his cut of the film, Fox felt that it was not "scary enough" and wanted The New Mutants to stand out tonally in a similar vein to Deadpool and Logan. As a result, it was reported that 50% of the film is undergoing reshoots, and one or two characters are being added in major roles than just cameos. Additionally, Josh Boone is said to be having creative differences with Fox over the reshoots. [40]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Disney-Fox Updates Release Schedule: Sets Three Untitled ‘Star Wars’ Movies, ‘Avatar’ Franchise To Kick Off In 2021 & More
  2. X-Men Unlikely to Hit Marvel Cinematic Universe Until at Least 2021 | Hollywood Reporter
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The New Mutants details revealed: X-Men franchise goes horror
  4. 4.0 4.1 Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams cast in X-Men spinoff
  5. [1]
  6. X-Men spin-off New Mutants has found its Sunspot
  7. Fox's 'New Mutants' Casts Newcomer Blu Hunt in Danielle Moonstar Role
  8. ‘New Mutants’ To Star ‘Stranger Things’ Actor Charlie Heaton?
  9. 9.0 9.1 Alice Braga Joins 'New Mutants' as Rosario Dawson Exits (Exclusive)
  11. The Fault In Our Stars Director To Helm X-Men Spinoff
  12. Fox Mints ‘The New Mutants’ X-Men Spinoff; ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ Helmer Josh Boone To Direct
  13. New Mutants' Director Shares Screenplay Progress of 'X-Men' Spinoff
  14. New Mutants Film Script Finished
  15. New Mutants Will Be A Young Adult Movie
  16. ‘New Mutants’: Simon Kinberg Says Professor X Will Appear; Filming Could Begin Early 2017
  17. 'Fault in Our Stars' Writers Tackling 'X-Men' Spinoff 'New Mutants' (Exclusive)
  18. From All We Had to X-Men: Josh Boone, a Busy Man
  19. Fault in Our Stars' Writers Tackling 'X-Men' Spinoff 'New Mutants' (Exclusive)
  20. EXCLUSIVE: An Animatic from the New Mutants Movie Lands Online!
  21. [2]
  22. [3]
  23. ‘X-Men: The New Mutants’ set to begin filming in Boston
  24. Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams Set to Star in 'X-Men' Spinoff 'New Mutants' (Exclusive)
  25. One X-Men Star Won't Be Part Of The New Mutants Movie After All
  26. James McAvoy's Charles Xavier Won't Appear In X-Men: New Mutants
  27. New Mutants: James McAvoy Won’t Appear As Professor X
  28. Rosario Dawson in Talks to Star in X-Men Spinoff 'New Mutants'
  29. 'Stranger Things' Star Charlie Heaton in Talks to Join 'X-Men' Spinoff 'New Mutants' (Exclusive)
  30. ‘New Mutants’: Henry Zaga Set To Play Sunspot In ‘X-Men’ Spinoff
  31. Fox's 'New Mutants' Casts Newcomer Blu Hunt in Danielle Moonstar Role (Exclusive)
  32. New Mutants Cast Arrives in Boston for Filming
  33. Production Begins on The New Mutants Movie Today!
  34. X-Men: New Mutants Working Title Revealed
  35. Bloody New Mutants Logo Teases First X-Men Horror Movie
  36. [4]
  37. Fox’s Stacey Snider Gets Candid About Netflix, Diversity and the Future of Wolverine
  39. Will Disney Disrupt Fox's X-Men Movie Mega-Plans?
  40. X-Men: Dark Phoenix and New Mutants Release Date Delays Explained

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