X-Men: Dark Phoenix

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Directed by Simon Kinberg
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Written by Simon Kinberg
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Distributed by 20th Century Fox
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  • November 2, 2018 (2018-11-02) (United States)
Country United States
Language English

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is an upcoming American superhero film based on Marvel Comics' X-Men characters, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is intended to be the thirteenth installment in the X-Men film series, and the beginning of a new X-Men trilogy. The film is being written and directed by Simon Kinberg, and is set to star James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain. In X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the X-Men must face the full power of the Dark Phoenix as well as the alien Shi'ar empire.

After X-Men: Days of Future Past erased the events of X-Men: The Last Stand from the series' timeline, Kinberg expressed interest in a new, more faithful adaptation of Chris Claremont's "The Dark Phoenix Saga" in a future film than his previous attempt with The Last Stand, which was not well received. The new adaptation was confirmed as a follow-up to X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016. Kinberg signed on to make his directorial debut in June 2017, when the majority of the cast was confirmed to return from Apocalypse. Filming began later that month in Montreal, and was completed in October 2017.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is scheduled to be released on November 2, 2018.

Premise

Set in the 1990s, a decade after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse,[1] the film adapts "The Dark Phoenix Saga" comic storyline, seeing Jean Grey lose control of her abilities as the Dark Phoenix, forcing the X-Men to fight her while the alien empress Lilandra seeks to capture and destroy her.[2]

Cast

Additionally, Olivia Munn reprises her role of Psylocke,[6] while Daniel Cudmore—who previously portrayed Colossus in the franchise—and Lamar Johnson appear in undisclosed roles.[7][4]

Production

Development

Director Bryan Singer began exploring the character Jean Grey / Phoenix in the 2003 film X2, with the intention of adapting Marvel Comics' storyline "The Dark Phoenix Saga" in the next film. However, Singer ultimately did not return to direct the sequel X-Men: The Last Stand. That film's writers, Simon Kinberg and Zak Penn, still intended to adapt the "Dark Phoenix Saga", but as only one of the film's "parallel storylines", with an executive at 20th Century Fox suggesting that "Gifted" storyline also be a major part of that film.[8] This version of the story was not well received, and Kinberg said that he and Penn ultimately were unhappy with how the adaptation turned out as well.[9] After the timeline of the X-Men franchise was reset with the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past, it was noted that a new adaptation of the "Dark Phoenix Saga" could be made that ignores the events of The Last Stand. Kinberg and Singer both expressed interest in this, and hinted that 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse would set up elements for such a retelling. Apocalypse introduces Sophie Turner as a young Jean Grey, and begins exploring "how powerful she is".[9] By April 2016, the sequel to Apocalypse was believed to indeed re-adapt "The Dark Phoenix Saga".[10]

In May 2016, Kinberg said that the next X-Men film after Apocalypse would be set in the 1990s, advancing a decade as had been done for the previous few X-Men films.[1] He also noted that Apocalypse had introduced younger versions of several characters from the original X-Men films to give them a new origin story—including Storm, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, and Jean Grey—with the intention of then exploring them in their own trilogy of films. He added that he also hoped to see the cast of the previous trilogy of films return, namely James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto, and Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkhölme / Mystique.[11] In July, Kinberg said he would begin writing the next mainline X-Men film "real soon".[12] That November, Fox was said to be pressing "the reset button" on the franchise due to the financial and critical underperformance of Apocalypse, with the franchise being reconfigured and Singer said to not be returning to direct the next film. McAvoy, Fassbender, Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult's contracts from the previous trilogy had ended, but Kinberg was optimistically writing the new script with them in mind.[13]

It was rumored in February 2017 that the next film would be titled X-Men: Supernova, and would begin filming that June.[14] Also in February, Turner confirmed that she would return for the film.[15] Kinberg was believed to be interested in making his directorial debut with the film,[16] and was described as the top contender for the job, with interest from Fox as well. The studio was also looking to negotiate new deals with Lawrence, Fassbender, McAvoy, and Hoult to return.[17] By the end of the month, Kinberg described reports that he may direct the film as "premature", but added that if he were to direct, he would not be daunted by the scale of the film due to his experience writing and producing many of the other X-Men films. He also reiterated that he would adapt "The Dark Phoenix Saga" differently to how he did for The Last Stand if given another opportunity to do so.[18]

Pre-production

Kinberg said at the start of March 2017 that he and producer Hutch Parker had begun early prep on the film, and that Supernova was just a code name they had been using for the sequel. He said that they had begun discussing the story for the film during post-production on Apocalypse, and that they wanted to do "something bold and radical and expand the universe in the same way that Logan feels bold and radical and certainly Deadpool does as well."[19] Fox officially titled the film Dark Phoenix in April, and gave it a release date of November 2, 2018.[20] Fassbender indicated in May that he would be returning for the film,[21] and Parker soon hinted that a young version of the character Rogue could appear, and that the film could possibly explore the cosmic elements of the "Dark Phoenix" storyline.[22][23]

In June 2017, the Shi'ar alien race was rumored to be featured in the film,[24] and Angelina Jolie was being looked at for a role, though she was not expected to accept the part. Jessica Chastain was also potentially being looked at for the same character.[25] Fox confirmed that Kinberg would direct the film, and that Lawrence, Fassbender, McAvoy, and Hoult had all signed on to return for one more film. In addition to Turner, Apocalypse actors Alexandra Shipp, Tye Sheridan, and Kodi Smit-McPhee were also confirmed to be returning, while producers for the film were revealed to be Kinberg, Singer, Parker, and Lauren Shuler Donner. At that time, Chastain was in talks to join the cast as Shi'ar Empress Lilandra, the film's villain. The film's script was said to "hew closer" to the original "Dark Phoenix Saga" by Chris Claremont and John Byrne than The Last Stand did.[2][3] It was later revealed that the character Dazzler would be appearing in the film, after being hinted at in a scene that was ultimately deleted from Apocalypse.[26]

Filming

Principal photography began on June 28, 2017, in Montreal,[3][27] under the working title Teen Spirit.[28] Before the end of June, Evan Peters was set to reprise his role as "audience favorite" character Quicksilver from the previous films, and Lamar Johnson joined the cast in an unspecified role.[4] At the start of August, Chastain confirmed her involvement in the film.[5] Later that month, Kinberg stated that he wanted the film to be "human" and emotional like the previous X-Men films, and that he was looking to ground the "Dark Phoenix Saga" story for his adaptation "so it’s not too intergalactic".[29] By September, Daniel Cudmore had confirmed that he would be appearing in the film, but could not confirm whether he would be reprising his role of Colossus from previous films in the franchise or if he would be portraying a new character.[7] Olivia Munn confirmed later that month that she would be reprising her role of Psylocke in the film, and described Dark Phoenix as "a two parter".[6] Filming was completed in Montreal on October 14, 2017.[27][30]

Release

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is scheduled for release in the United States on November 2, 2018.[20]

Future

Kinberg said in May 2016 that he hoped Dark Phoenix would be the first in a new trilogy of films focusing on the younger versions of the original X-Men characters.[11]

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External links

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