2oth Century Fox has finally released our first look at Dark Phoenix, the next film in their thriving series of X-Men films. Originally slated for release this November, Fox pushed the sequel’s release up to February 2019 for time to cover reshoots for the movie.
This will be the franchise’s second attempt to tell the classic comic book arc of when Jean Grey transformed into the Phoenix. The first film to cover this ground, X-Men: The Last Stand, used only half of the movie to flesh out the storyline, with the 2006 film’s central plotline revolving around a mutant cure.
One of the screenwriters of the latter film, Simon Kinberg, is taking another crack at the iconic story, but this time, he’s in the director’s chair.
“[The film] was so clear in my head, emotionally and visually, that it would have killed me to hand this to somebody else to direct,” Kinberg says.
“I co-wrote X-Men 3, the ‘Dark Phoenix’ story, which is probably the most sacred of the X-Men storylines in the comics,” Kinberg told The Hollywood Reporter. “Fanboys and girls did not love the movie [X-Men: The Last Stand]. When I wrote X-Men: Days of Future Past years later — it was a time travel story — I thought, ‘Well, here’s an opportunity to rewrite this mistake — bring Jean Grey back to life.’ I got to go back and essentially erase a $200 million movie.”
You can view the trailer for yourself here:
In DARK PHOENIX, the X-MEN face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite — not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.