This past summer, the X-Men franchise as it existed at 20th Century Fox came to an end. But Marvel’s mutants didn’t go out with a bang, but with the whimper of a new take on a story they already tried to tell back in 2006, and they even brought c0-writer Simon Kinberg back and let him direct this time.
Dark Phoenix tried to pack one of the best X-Men storylines from Marvel Comics into a movie that also had the burden of bidding farewell to Professor X, Magneto and the loyal bands of mutants that have been following them for nearly two decades. Unfortunately, this movie missed the mark in nearly every single way, barely registering as a sequel, let alone the end of one of the biggest superhero franchises of the 21st century. Or as the Dark Phoenix trailer succinctly puts it, maybe it was a bad idea to put so much emphasis on Mystique just because she was played by Jennifer Lawrence. Read More »
For the past few years, Reese Witherspoon has been using her clout to boost rising creatives and develop projects that spotlight women. So her next project will be naturally be a sci-fi movie with…Dark Phoenix‘s Simon Kinberg? The writer-director is certainly in need of a boost following the critical and commercial disappointment of Dark Phoenix, but it seems like he doesn’t need to worry much — Pyros, the sci-fi film that he and Witherspoon are producing, which Witherspoon is set to star in, has become the next hot package in Hollywood.
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Remember Dark Phoenix? It came out a week ago, but the latest X-Men movie already feels like a thing of a past, primarily because audiences didn’t flock to the film like previous entries in the franchise. Why did Dark Phoenix underperform? Perhaps fans were sick and tired of the franchise’s incredibly confusing continuity. Simply put, the X-Men timeline makes absolutely no sense. But that didn’t stop Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg from trying to explain it.
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Reshoots aren’t always a death knell for a blockbuster movie, but in the case of Dark Phoenix, they certainly made for a rebirth of sorts. The newly-released X-Men film notoriously underwent lengthy reshoots that drastically changed the movie’s climax. But more than changing the setting of a big battle, Dark Phoenix tweaked its ending to something that would appeal more to fans who had just flocked to Marvel Studios’ other cosmically powered female superhero. But according to director Simon Kinberg, the Dark Phoenix original ending actually resembled a different Marvel movie.
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You know what’s exciting? Space! The final frontier! Vast and mysterious! But who needs space when you can have…a train. At least, that was the thinking behind the Dark Phoenix reshoots. A new piece about the production reveals that the filmmakers behind the latest X-Men movie changed the film’s big climactic action setting from being in outer space to being on board a train, which is probably just as thrilling. Maybe.
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The newest X-Men movie, Dark Phoenix, is going to shake things up by killing off at least one major character – could one of the film’s casualties be Michael Fassbender‘s Magneto? A new Dark Phoenix TV spot shows Sophie Turner‘s Jean Grey, infused with the Phoenix Force, not taking kindly to a threat, and it appears that it could be curtains for Magneto before the final credits roll. Read More »
Stan Lee has made no less than 37 appearances in movies based on Marvel Comics. But since we lost the legendary creator last year, those cameos are sadly coming to an end. Recently we heard that Avengers: Endgame will feature Stan Lee’s final cameo appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it sounds like it’ll be his last Marvel cameo entirely too.
Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg has confirmed that there isn’t a Stan Lee cameo in the movie, but there is some kind of tribute to the man who helped make Marvel Comics what it is today. Read More »
Next month, April begins with a bang as Jordan Peele‘s revamp of the classic sci-fi anthology series The Twilight Zone comes to CBS All Access. With all the buzz surrounding the director’s most recent film, Us, audiences will certainly be interested in the series of short stories executive produced by the comedian turned genre filmmaker.
But before you dive into The Twilight Zone again, you might want to take a journey back into the classic episodes of the series. Of course, there are a lot of episodes for you to peruse, but thankfully, Jordan Peele and fellow executive producer Simon Kinberg (the X-Men franchise) have some classic Twilight Zone episode recommendations for you to check out before the reboot arrives. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 by Ben Pearson
This piece has been updated with the full trailer.
After nineteen years, eleven films, and one heck of a twisty timeline, 20th Century Fox is still releasing X-Men movies…at least until the Disney deal officially goes through and the Mouse House takes over.
But before Professor X, Magneto, Mystique, and the rest of the mutants inevitably enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they have at least one more non-MCU adventure ahead of them. And it’s an adventure we’ve already seen before – sort of. The newest Dark Phoenix trailer has arrived, and in this riff on the classic comics storyline (which was partially explored in the third X-Men movie back in 2006), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) steps into the spotlight as a mutant who loses control and unleashes unthinkable power. Watch the new trailer below.
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Apple is continuing to poach talent from all across Hollywood for their nascent film and television division, and they may have just added two names to their ever-growing list of collaborators.
The tech company is “near a deal” for a new science fiction series that hails from Simon Kinberg, the writer/producer who’s been shepherding the X-Men film franchise for years. Plus, they’ve managed to lure Jason Katims, the producer of beloved TV shows like Friday Night Lights, away from his longtime home at Universal Television for a multi-year contract. Read more about that and the potential Simon Kinberg Apple series below. Read More »