UPDATE: Citing unnamed sources close to the production, Collider contends that, contrary to the La Presse report, additional photography on X-Men: Dark Phoenix is scheduled to last two and a half weeks.
Disney may be in the midst of acquiring Fox’s assets, something that may just end up with the X-Men and the Fantastic Four coming back home to Marvel Studios, but the deal isn’t done just yet. It may have been officially approved, but there are still legal proceedings to go through. But while Marvel Cinematic Universe fans await news that their favorite mutants will join the Avengers on the screen, Fox is still moving full steam ahead with its current slate of X-Men films.
Although Dark Phoenix was originally slated for a November 2018 release, the film was eventually pushed back to February. Then, at one point, there was concern that both Josh Boone’s The New Mutants and Simon Kinberg’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix had been pulled from Fox’s schedule, but that worry has recently been put to rest when IMAX confirmed the two films’ release dates in 2019.
It’s been known, for a while now, that re-shoots for Dark Phoenix would take place — we just simply didn’t know to what extent. Even the star of the film, Sophie Turner, said last month that she didn’t know what exactly was being re-shot. Well now, thanks to a report from the Quebec Film and Television Council courtesy of Montreal newspaper La Presse, it appears the X-Men: Dark Phoenix re-shoots will be quite extensive.
Acoording to Pierre Moreau, the president of the QFTC, the production of the film is heading back to Montreal for three whole months. “They are re-shooting the ending of the film,” Moreau said. It’s unclear what exactly Moreau means by the ending of the film, but given that he says the re-shoots are planned for three months, it’s possible that the entire third act of Dark Phoenix is going through an overhaul.
X-Men: Days of Future Past, Apocalypse and Dark Phoenix have all shot in Montreal, Canada for the past few years, the city becoming the unofficial home of the X-Men. While it was believed that the Dark Phoenix shoot was over, it now appears as if all the main actors from the film, from Jennifer Lawrence to Michael Fassbender, will return to the city for the re-shoots.
Written and directed by franchise veteran Simon Kinberg, X-Men: Dark Phoenix stars Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Alexandra Ship as Storm, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler. The film is set to hit theaters Feb. 14, 2019.
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