'New Mutants' Release Date Moved to 2019

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According to reports, "The New Mutants'" potential worldwide market partially influenced Fox's decision to move the film's release date from April 13 to February 22, 2019. Regarding the release date change, studio insiders believe the film will do better as a summer Marvel movie. All they need now is a director that sticks. According to a new report by The Hollywood Reporter, the Fox film will enter theaters on May 18th instead of June 1st, a date which puts the sequel that much closer to Avengers: Infinity War.

The move comes less than a month after Disney agreed to buy Fox's entertainment assets, including the movie studio.

What are the reasons for these delays exactly? Deadline has reported that Gore Verbinski, who joined the project just three months ago, has dropped out of the solo movie reportedly due to scheduling conflicts. With that director Josh Boone will be requiring some reshoots to turn it into a more fully fledged horror movie than what it now is.

New Mutants, from director Josh Boone, trades in X-Men's Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters for an insane asylum and stars Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt and Alice Braga. Are you surprised by this news?

The site revealed the development and explained that due to Verbinski left due to dates clashing with his other projects. The New Mutants is the first X-Men film to step into the horror genre as it draws influence from New Mutants No. 18. It's a strategic play as even second weeks have been exceptionally strong for Star Wars movies.

Good and bad news for those looking forward to new 'X-Men' content in the next couple of years.

. Perhaps this merger with Disney can't come soon enough.