We may finally be getting an answer about The New Mutants’ future since Disney pulled it from the schedule. How do we know? Because yesterday the movie was made available for preorder on Amazon Prime. At least for a little while.
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— Cameron Frew (@FrewFilm) May 4, 2020
The Amazon listing had The New Mutants available for $25.99 in the U.S., but failed to have a release date. That price might seem high, but is likely for premium purchase with a lower price point for rentals. The ad is still up and you can find it here, but has now been edited to say “Our agreements with the content provider don’t allow purchases of this title at this time.” The question is what’s up with the people who already bought it? Hope they got a refund.
The content provider would be Disney/Fox, of course. It appears that Amazon simply put the cart before the horse, but they must’ve had reason to think it was okay to go up.
Nobody would be surprised if The New Mutants did go direct to VOD, but which is why the wait for an official announcement is so strange. I think a calculation by Disney has been made that, regardless of the bad buzz surrounding it, people are really eager to see this film and will pay for it. That’s why you’re not going to see it arrive on Disney+ exclusively, but on other digital streaming outlets.