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Simon Kinberg Opens Up About X-Men: Dark Phoenix Reshoots

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Sure, Earth's mightiest heroes are having a moment right now with the release of Avengers: Infinity War over in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but we can't forget about the X-Men. With X-Men: Dark Phoenix set to hit theaters next year, many fans are wondering what the second cinematic take on The Dark Phoenix Saga may look like. The film made headlines with its recently-announced reshoots, but it sounds like that's not something that we should concern ourselves with in the long run. In fact, director Simon Kinberg recently addressed X-Men: Dark Phoenix's reshoots and explained that it's actually a fairly standard part of the filmmaking process. Kinberg said:

It's normal for all these big movies now. We'll go back when we can get all those actors together, and then it will give me enough time to have it ready and looking perfect.

So, according to Simon Kinberg's take on the situation in his remarks to EW, it sounds like we shouldn't necessarily worry about the reshoots that are occurring for X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Reshoots have become relatively common in the blockbuster scene (they happen on everything from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to Justice League), and they're generally built into the production schedule as a way to fine-tune a film's overall story and look. Some reshoots do entirely overhaul movies and take them in different directions, which was the case with World War Z and reportedly might be the case with The New Mutants. But Kinberg seems to suggest that Dark Phoenix's reshoots were more cosmetic in nature.

Of course, while Simon Kinberg is definitely right, and reshoots are definitely part of the filmmaking process, it's still worth considering the number of changes that have taken place in the X-Men franchise in recent months. Specifically, we already know that The New Mutants and X-Men: Dark Phoenix have both been delayed to August 2, 2019 and February 14, 2019, respectively. With such massive delays occurring for both of the upcoming mutant films, it leaves us wondering what type of creative overhauls have taken place in the X-Men world as the franchise has evolved.

All of this points to the fact that we still don't know much about X-Men: Dark Phoenix. As the name suggests, we know that it will adapt The Dark Phoenix Saga and that it will carry on the story from X-Men: Apocalypse by moving the story forward into the 1990s. Beyond that, few other concrete details have surfaced, so we will have to wait and see what Fox shows us when the first footage finally drops.

With all of that in mind, CinemaBlend will bring you more information related to X-Men: Dark Phoenix as more details related to the film are made available to us. Dark Phoenix will premiere on February 14, 2019, but for now, you can catch Deadpool 2 when it hits theaters later this month on May 18.

Conner Schwerdtfeger

Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.