What Happened to the New Mutants and X-Men: Dark Phoenix?

Currently, Fox Studios has two X-Men movies that are in active development with New Mutants and X-Men: Dark Phoenix, both of which have completed filming, though there are supposed to be reshoots in the works.

Some communications at superherohype.com by a user that claims to be a Fox employee has said that there is a slim chance we will see the New Mutant and X-Men movie in the near future.

Regarding New Mutants, it’s rumored there were problems with director Josh Boone who didn’t care about the comic books, but just wanted to make a superhero horror film; it’s further said Anya Taylor-Joy had issues with another actor on set. The reports about half the movie getting reshot are said to be true, but the Fox employee says it wasn’t directed by Boone, as Fox wasn’t at all happy with his cut.

“There were some of us nobody’s who were actively involved in trying to warn both Fox & Boone that they were going in the wrong direction with the movie, but we were mostly ignored. Some of us were punished, some even fired for expressing our concerns.

Finally the execs recognized their mistakes after seeing Boone’s cut. They were faced with two options, release the Boone cut and face yet another embarrassing pr disaster like Fant4stic, or delay, delay, delay in an attempt to salvage the movie, keeping Boone as the “director” (in name only, basically to save face) and bring in some new blood under the cover of night and essentially reshoot over half of the movie.”

With the Disney deal almost a sure thing the progress on New Mutants stopped.

The employee describes X-Men: Dark Phoenix as the “worse spinoff ever,” and also that the cut he saw didn’t feature Olivia Munn’s Psylocke. It’s added that it appeared as if the cast “seemed to phone their performances in.”

It’s claimed that both movies will be shelved, but possibly released years later (i.e. on a streaming service) when Marvel Studios has their X-Men universe all set up. The employee also says the movies will be leaked online before then as too many people have already worked on the projects.

Some other comments are:

  • The Channing Tatum Gambit movie won’t be happening.
  • Mr. Sinister was never a part of New Mutants.
  • Marvel Studios already has plans “unofficially” for Fox-owned characters such as Silver Surfer and Galactus.
  • X-Force is said to possibly be re-titled by Disney as “Deadpool 3: X-Force,” and may feature New Mutants characters, but not Anya Taylor-Joy as Magik due to her having issues with another member of the cast. 
  • Regarding introducing the Mutants into the MCU, The Eternals movie will somehow do that.

This Friday sees the Fox Studios and Disney shareholders vote on whether Disney will acquire the Fox Studios assets. There should be more information and an announcement will come after this Friday’s shareholders vote.

The truth of this communication will be known I think sooner than later but I would not expect to see the movies very soon.