Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Marvel’s “The New Mutants” Creator Bob McLeod Says Filmmakers Spelled His Name Wrong in Credits, Changed All His Characters

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Bob McLeod, the creator of “The New Mutants” comic book at Marvel, isn’t so happy with the movie version. McLeod says in a series of posts that the director Josh Boone got his name wrong in the credits and has changed most of his characters,

McLeod says: “I was very excited when I heard they were making a New Mutants movie. I thought making it into a horror movie was perhaps an interesting idea, but not at all how the characters should be introduced to the public at large. But, hey, my characters in a movie!”

He continues: “I was disappointed that Sam isn’t tall and gawky, although I do like Charlie Heaton. But mainly I was very disappointed that Roberto isn’t short and dark-skinned. Yet another example of Hollywood white-washing. There’s just no excuse…
…So basically, #JoshBoone erased everything I contributed to the way the characters look. And now, the movie has come out at last, and apparently they’ve credited someone named Bob Macleod as co-creator…
They couldn’t even be bothered to check the spelling of my name sometime in the last three years. And that can’t be fixed. That will be on the movie forever. I think I’m done with this movie.

Disney/Marvel has had a lot of trouble with the film. They’ve moved it around from date to date for the last two years. Now it’s being dumped this weekend with a 23% on Rotten Tomatoes. The good news for McLeod is that the books live on well past the time the movie is forgotten.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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