A new report suggests the next installment of the X-Men film series, Dark Phoenix is set to begin reshoots next month.
There’s been some confusion circulating the web after a wild rumor swirled from a forum that claimed Disney and 20th Century Fox were preparing to cancel both New Mutants and Dark Phoenix. According to an insider close to the production of Dark Phoenix per Revenge of the Fans, the project is currently gearing up for additional photography in Montreal, with reshoots spanning from August to September. In addition, whole set pieces are reportedly in construction for the reshoots.
Simon Kinberg makes his directorial debut with the film as the franchise takes another stab at the Dark Phoenix saga, the comic book storyline where Jean Grey struggled to control and succumbed to the Phoenix Force within. The project could be one of the last movies set in Fox’s original shared universe.
In addition to directing, Kinberg is also producing 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 has also produced Deadpool 2 and is producing The New Mutants.
Dark Phoenix was originally set for November 2, 2018, but was pushed back to 2019 to reportedly allow time for Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner to take part in significant reshoots following test screenings. Reshoots on the project were expected to take place in late summer or early fall costing under $10 million. Meanwhile, the spin-off The New Mutants — which was originally aiming for an April 13, 2018 release date before shifting to February 22, 2019 — and is now even further off with an August 2, 2019 release date — is said to be undergoing reshoots as part of an overhaul resulting from its own test screenings, with an effort to rework the film to lean deeper into the horror genre.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Evan Peters, Kodi-Smit McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Lamar Johnson, Sophie Turner, and Jessica Chastain.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix hits theaters February 14, 2019.
Source: Revenge of the Fans