Simon Kinberg has been confirmed to be making his directorial debut with X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse that will focus on Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey as it features the iconic story of the Dark Phoenix saga.
Kinberg, who co-wrote X-Men: The Last Stand — the franchise’s first attempt at the Dark Phoenix saga — was reported several months ago to be in talks to not only write the Apocalypse sequel but to direct the film as well. 20th Century Fox has yet to make an official announcement, however, a new listing on the DGA website confirms Kinberg will indeed direct.
As for the cast of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Deadline has confirmed that Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Kodi-Smit McPhee, and Alexandra Shipp are set to return. Jessica Chastain has also been revealed to be in talks to join the film.
In addition to directing, Kinberg will produce the film with Hutch Parker and Lauren Schuler Donner. Kinberg himself has been involved with the franchise for just over a decade, having written the main installments of the ongoing film series since The Last Stand with the exception of X-Men: First Class. He is also producing Deadpool 2 and X-Men: New Mutants.
Production on the film is expected to take place from the end of this month until early to mid-October in Montreal.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is currently slated to hit theaters November 2nd, 2018.
‘X-Men’: How Fox Can Get A ‘Dark Phoenix’ Film Right This Time
Nowadays, you can’t blink without news of a superhero film hitting the web. As we are in the age of the superhero film, we must remember that not that long ago a film based on a comic book property was almost laughed at. Now, superhero films are the billion dollar mega-blockbusters we all know and love. Sure, superhero movies have existed before the ones that are now dominating the box office, but the entire genre almost got a big adrenaline shot with 2000’s X-Men coming out and giving us an earnest adaptation of our favorite mutant superheroes. Since then, there have been 10 movies within Fox’s X-Men universe alone, with 3 new films coming in 2018 and at least 3 more in development.
While not all the X-Men film has been sure hits, they have done some great course-correcting in the newer movies, starting with First Class. The prequel/reboot films gave Fox the opportunity to reset some of their faults from some of the early films (looking at you X-Men: The Last Stand). And Days of Future Past helped correct some of their timeline snappoos and gave us some much-needed closure on the earlier X-Men films. With X-Men: Apocalypse, we were introduced to a young Scott Summers and a young Jean Grey. With the reintroduction of Jean Grey and the great final act of X-Men: Apocalypse, it looks like we might possibly be getting a proper Dark Phoenix storyline on the horizon. Last year, we here at Heroic Hollywood broke the news that a Dark Phoenix movie was in development.
Lucky for us, Fox is moving forward with the movie and X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set to hit theaters November 2, 2018. This gives them the rare opportunity to “get it right.” Because let’s face it, X-Men: The Last Stand did not do the story of the Dark Phoenix justice. The third film of the original X-Men movies as a whole was not well put together. The film tried to juggle too many storylines and did not really give each of the separate stories their justice. By giving the Dark Phoenix angle another look, Fox has the chance to do some course correcting. Here are some ways X-Men: Dark Phoenix can succeed. Click Next to take a look…