Principal photography has wrapped on X-Men: Dark Phoenix, according to director Simon Kinberg. The story is Fox’s second take on the influential 1980 epic “The Dark Phoenix Saga,” following Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand, and with filming finished, fans are already wondering just how far behind a teaser could be.
Kinberg took to Instagram to confirm that filming had ended, with a picture of him behind the camera, and the caption: “That’s a wrap. #darkphoenix #xmenmovies 11.2.18,” alluding to the November 2 release date next year.
Details on the film are still being kept under wraps, but Kinberg has said the approach will be a grounded one and not a cosmic adventure like the source material. This may not be what fans wanted to hear after Ratner adopted a similar narrative in his critically-panned film, which Kinberg coincidentally co-wrote back in 2006 with Zak Penn. Psylocke actress Olivia Munn, reprising her role from X-Men: Apocalypse, also shed some light on the movie recently, suggesting this new story Kinberg wrote for Fox may unfold over the course of two films.
The influential 1980 epic “The Dark Phoenix Saga,” by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, chronicled the fall of X-Men founding member Jean Grey, driven mad by the enormous power of the cosmic entity known as the Phoenix Force, leading her to destroy a planet before she ultimately sacrifices herself to save the universe.
Opening Nov. 2, 2018, X-Men: Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Alexandra Ship as Storm, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler.
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