X-Men: Apocalypse might have been one of the most highly anticipated films of 2014 being an entry featuring the ancient mutant En Sabah Nur, however, the comic book movie became a flop for 20th Century Fox, raking in mixed to negative reviews from fans and critics.
Now, speaking in an interview with Screen Rant,The New Mutants director Josh Boone tries to explain just how Apocalypse's failings affected his own X-Men spinoff movie. Back in 2018, Fox planned on releasing The New Mutants during the same period as Apocalypse. Unfortunately, the film's negative reviews and its poor results at the box office prompted Fox to rethink having The New Mutants in the same time period as Apocalypse. The studio wanted the movie to play in the present day instead.
"They just wanted all this stuff moved up to the present day including the X-Men eventually in some way shape or form. I imagine these will all connect, but it didn't really matter because they're in such an isolated location without any Wi-Fi or phones or anything that it might as well be the 80s in terms of the setting," Boone explained in his discussion with Screen Rant.
Fortunately, changing the setting to a more modern time didn't quite change the narrative that Boone had for The New Mutants. Sure, it limited Boone and his creative team when it came to the use of different X-Men characters, however, the director says that he appreciates the limit because the movie was allowed to become its own thing.
Unlike most films in the X-Men franchise, The New Mutants focuses on a horror angle, placing mutants in a secret facility instead of Charles Xavier's warm and loving school for others like them.
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The New Mutants is set to premiere on April 3, 2020.