X-Men: The New Mutants is up for digital preorder – no cinema release?

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A new listing suggests that the long-awaited X-Men: The New Mutants may now be going straight to on demand services.

Let the speculation begin. It’s little secret that X-Men: The New Mutants is a film that’s been delayed lots of times already, and has transferred ownership from 20th Century Fox to its new Disney parent. And whilst Disney was all set to finally release the film in cinemas in April before the lockdown happened, it’s been against a backdrop that it might send the film direct to Disney+ instead.

With the cinema release postponed to an indefinite date in the future, out of the blue, a listing has popped up at Amazon to order the film digitally. And this is the first big sign that the movie may now be skipping cinemas altogether.

It looks as if the film is getting a premium video on demand release, and you can see the listing here.

Pricing has been set at £13.99 in the UK (£9.99 in standard definition), and $25.99 in the US (here’s the US listing). That’s priced to buy, too. Given that Disney+ has a 12A/PG-13 ceiling, and New Mutants may skew older than that, it may be that this is the studio’s way to get the film finally released. The chances of it appearing in a cinema now appear on the slim side.

The movie itself stars Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton and Alice Braga, with Josh Boone directing. Filming began all the way back in July 2017, and wrapped up in September of the same year. Since then, the film has bounced around with talks of reshoots that never happened. Earlier this year, Boone finally declared the movie complete.

No release date is listed yet for the on-demand release, but we’ll keep you posted.

With thanks to Anton Volkov for the heads up.

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