Since the first X-Men movie hit theatres in 2000, the mutants have gone through ups and downs. The prequels (First Class, Days of Future Past, and Apocalypse) brought a new wave of fans and did great at the box office. So, what’s next for the mutants?
There are a bunch of rumours floating around about the next X-Men movie. Some about Josh Boone’s New Mutants film, some others about the follow-up to Apocalypse, supposedly titled X-Men: Supernova. This continuation of the prequels is said to be about Jean Grey and her transformation into Dark Phoenix. This arc was teased at the end of X2, so fans are really looking forward to it. However, this new X-Men adventure might not have director Bryan Singer back on board.
According to Collider, writer and producer Simon Kinberg might make his directorial debut with this movie. Kinberg wrote X-Men: The Last Stand, Days of Future Past, and Apocalypse, so he knows the mutants perfectly. In fact, he has already written the screenplay for the new movie. Talk about being one step ahead.
Collider also reports that Kinberg’s screenplay does focus on the Dark Phoenix storyline – it now depends on the studio whether they take it or not, and if they choose him to direct. Speaking of Dark Phoenix, the story goes like this: in the comics, Jean Grey dies from radiation poisoning when returning to Earth through a solar radiation storm. She is saved by a cosmic entity known as the Phoenix Force, which creates a duplicate of her. Due to mental manipulation by Mastermind, Phoenix goes insane and becomes Dark Phoenix. And that’s how it goes.
Kinberg has worked closely with almost every director from the X-Men universe – including Tim Miller (Deadpool) and James Mangold (Logan). If there’s someone who could take Singer’s place, it’s definitely him. Add the Dark Phoenix arc to the mix and the studio has a potential big hit on their hands.
And if you are not sure if debuting as director with an X-Men movie would be a good idea: don’t forget that Deadpool was Miller’s debut. And it’s insanely good.
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