Based on the comics written by Chris Claremont, with art by Bob McLeod and, later, the legendary Bill Sienkiewicz, the movie chronicles the saga of five young mutants — Illyana Rasputin/Magik (Anya Taylor-Joy), Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane (Maisie Williams), Sam Guthrie/Cannonball (Charlie Heaton), Danielle Moonstar/Mirage (Blu Hunt), and Roberto da Costa/Sunspot (Henry Zaga) — who are taken to a secret lab housed in an abandoned asylum. There, they attempt to escape while testing the limits of their powers and dealing with the (sometimes literal) demons of their pasts.
Originally slated to come out in the spring of 2018, The New Mutants was delayed — first by the studio’s indecision over whether to ask Boone for reshoots (which ended up never happening) and second by Disney’s purchase of the Fox film studio, which effectively brought The New Mutants and other mostly completed Fox films under the Disney banner.
The Disney/Fox merger left Boone and The New Mutants “adrift,” as he put it, for a year and a half, with release dates continually bumped and the focus shifted to completing and releasing Dark Phoenix. “We were sort of kicked under the curb until Disney took over,” Boone says now. “And then they brought me back in and I was able to finish the movie.”
The merger, along with the box office failure of Dark Phoenix, put an unceremonious end to the Fox Marvel Universe: with the possible exception of Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool, Fox-owned properties like X-Men and Fantastic Four will now be re-invented as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But with The New Mutants finally coming out as a kind of coda to the 20-year run of Fox movies, did Boone have any discussions with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and his team about the possibility of retconning the movie into the MCU?
“No, none at all,” says Boone. “I just really finished the process we’d already gotten kind of 70% of the way through before the merger happened. It was nice to have the retrospect of the year where I was off working on [CBS All Access limited series] The Stand and doing other things to come back and look at it, because we sat there and did other little things here and there.”