Thanks to delays and reshoots, Dark Phoenix's production costs will be higher than initially planned.
If a recent report from Observer is to be believed, the film now has a production budget in the range of $200 million. Originally, the film was set to release in November of this past year. However, the movie was delayed to February 14 for reshoots following early test screenings. Dark Phoenix then received a second delay, being pushed back to June, with the also delayed Alita: Battle Angel taking the February slot. Dark Phoenix's reshoots are said to have reworked the film's third act.
Regardless of how much the film cost, it will more than likely be one of the final films in the X-Men saga. With the Disney-Fox merger said to be finished by March, a new rumor suggests future Marvel films from Fox, such as X-Force and a Doctor Doom solo movie, are dead. If true, that means that Dark Phoenix and the upcoming horror-oriented New Mutants will be the last two movies in the X-Men franchise that Fox makes.
Dark Phoenix is likely the final film in Fox's X-Men saga, and it will take place in the 90s. The movie will serve as another attempt at adapting Chris Claremont and John Byrne's "Dark Phoenix Saga," wherein Jean Grey gains an influx of psychic powers after a space mission.
Written and directed by X-franchise veteran Simon Kinberg, Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters and Jessica Chastain. The film is scheduled to be released on June 7.