Even though there wasn’t a massive cliffhanger at the end of X-Men: Apocalypse, that doesn’t mean that excitement isn’t brewing for Dark Phoenix, the exploration of Jean Grey’s horrible and unparalleled powers, straight from the Marvel comics of old. The film has been in production for some time now, and while we still have some time to go before it’s release, Fox Studios and Simon Kinberg, the director and producer, are steadily working to make Jean Grey’s return to the big screen the best it can be.
Earlier this year, there was a big shake up with the release dates of Fox/Marvel titles like The New Mutants, Deadpool 2, and Dark Phoenix, which eventually pushed back the release date four months to next February. With that extra time, Dark Phoenix has been in the process of re-shoots for the past month with no signs of being finished yet.
Re-shoots are almost never a bad thing, especially when the story is as intense as the Dark Phoenix saga. After reviews were less than fantastic for Apocalypse, it is no surprise that the filmmakers are handling this next film with care. Simon Kinberg, who has been involved with the X-Men film series for a very long time is directing the film and seems to be enjoying every moment as the leader of the parade, even if the process is taking longer than we all thought it would.
Last week, Kinberg took to social media to let fans know that the Dark Phoenix ship is still going full speed ahead. The director/producer posted a picture of a chair marked “Jean Grey.” Although this could simply a decorative behind the scenes prop, it shows us that we are getting closer and closer to the release.
In an interview with Total Film Magazine, Kinberg spoke about his direction of the film and how he hopes to steer it in a way that does the story and audience hopes justice. The magazine said the following:
Simon Kinberg says he must “find a way to ground [Dark Phoenix] so it’s not too intergalactic,” stressing that the X-Men movies are “human… and emotional.”
This decision by Kinberg to steer the film into a more human direction away from sci-fi could be a response to the mixed reviews of Apocalypse and some of the other X-Men films featuring like Last Stand. This decision also seems to be reflective of Kinberg’s post featuring “Jean Grey,” the human, rather than “Phoenix,” the class five telekinetic and telepathic mutant. Time will tell how the final product turns out, but with over a decade of experience under his belt, it could be a great idea to do so. X-Men: Dark Phoenix hits theaters on February 14, 2019.
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