In a move that comes straight out of left field, Fox made an announcement tonight that multiple movies are changing dates, including both X-Men: Dark Phoenix and New Mutants (again!) The studio that may soon be falling into Disney’s hands has pushed up Bohemian Rhapsody (starring Rami Malek,) to November 2 of this year from it’s original, Christmas Day slot.
That was the original release date for Dark Phoenix, but it has now been moved back to February 14th of next year. If February of next year sounds familiar, that’s because New Mutants, which was initially scheduled to open next month, had been pushed to February 22nd, 2019. With Dark Phoenix taking over February, the Josh Boone directed hero/horror movie is sliding all the way back to August 2nd!
All of this, plus their other moves would give the appearance that Disney is far more involved with what’s going on at Fox than we might think. Rhapsody, a smaller scale, more Oscar worthy pic, clears the way for Disney’s The Nutcracker And The Four Realms to clean up on the opening weekend in November. Fox made a handful of other moves to it’s non-superhero slate as well.
There’s a large speculation that New Mutants may end up on Disney’s new streaming service, but considering they’re eschewing the darker material, Hulu would be the place it would likely land if it falls out of theatrical release. That would be a shame for such a daring concept. What do you think about all the moves? Let us know!
Yeah, you read that title correctly. The film that some had hope for has now officially had that light,hope and aspirations sucked away from it.
Now we already know that as a whole, X-Men: Apocalypse failed on many levels. It failed to connect with critics and moviegoers alike and the movie many suspected would earn upwards of $1 billion at the worldwide box office proved to be a disappointment. As a result, Bryan Singer won’t be returning to helm the next instalment and writer Simon Kinberg will instead be making his directorial debut with X-Men: Dark Phoenix, a new take on the story he previously dropped the ball on after penning Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand. Which you would think that he would learn from his mistakes….well think again.
If you thought this would be a faithful adaptation of the story taking the heroes into outer space, it sounds like we can forget that being the case. While it doesn’t sound like that’s off the table, Kinberg’s comments don’t bode well for those hoping to see the X-Men head to the Shi’ar Empire.
“[We must] find a way to ground it so it’s not too intergalactic,” he revealed before adding that the X-Men movies will remain “human” and “emotional” on his watch. That’s good and bad in retrospect but probably isn’t what a lot of fans were hoping to hear. After all, the problem with Kinberg’s first take on the Dark Phoneix storyline was that it didn’t take advantage of most of what made the comic great.
When the announcement that Jessica Chastain had officially been casted in the film, it was almost certain she would portraying Lilandra head of the Sh’iar Empire. Now we can only cross our fingers and hope.
Deadline reports longtime X-Men series writer and producer Simon Kinberg has officially signed on to write and direct X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which will bring back the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse, including James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler).
Kinberg will also produce the film alongside Lauren Shuler Donner and Hutch Parker.
In addition, actress Jessica Chastain is in talks to play the villain of the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Should the actress strike a deal for the picture, THR reveals she will take on the role of Lilandra, emrpess of the Shi’ar Empire, an alien race that is in search of and eager to eradicate the Phoenix Force. Sophie Turner will reprise her role as Jean Grey in the film, the host of the Phoenix Force and subject of the Shi’ar’s search. X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set to open in theaters on November 2, 2018.
Kinberg previously confirmed that the next X-Men movie would jump ahead ten years from Apocalypse, offering a 1990s setting for the sequel. The X-Men comics saw a commercial boom during the ’90s, following character redesigns by Jim Lee, which went on to be the basis for the fan-favorite animated series.
2018 is set to be a banner year for the X-Universe as Dark Phoenix will cap off the year following Josh Boone‘s New Mutants on April 13, 2018 and Deadpool 2 on June 1, 2018