The Deadpool 2 home release may be upon us, but other X-Men franchise fans continue to look ahead to the release of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which will offer up a new take on The Dark Phoenix Saga that X-Men: The Last Stand fumbled back in 2006. There’s a lot of anticipation surrounding the film, particularly with recent rumors suggesting that the film would go through three months of reshoots, but now it seems that the rumors of such extensive overhauls have been greatly exaggerated.
This story began recently when French outlet LaPresse reported that X-Men: Dark Phoenix was going back to the drawing board in a major way. The rumor had indicated that Dark Phoenix would undergo three full months of reshoots to alter its story and structure, but according to a new report from Collider, that’s apparently not the case. In reality, this new information states that Dark Phoenix‘s Montreal-based reshoots are closer to two and a half weeks in length, which is far more standard for a film of this size.
Of course, that raises questions about what director Simon Kinberg is altering in those two weeks of reshoots. According to the Collider report, Dark Phoenix is adding some action to the third act, adding some new scenes, and providing some extra coverage for some of the other scenes that have already been filmed for the movie. Again, this is fairly standard stuff, and not entirely out of the ordinary for a tentpole blockbuster.
With all of that said, it is arguably not unreasonable to have gotten caught up in the fervor surrounding X-Men: Dark Phoenix and the massive potential changes that some people had assumed were happening. Thus far, we have seen practically nothing from the movie throughout the curse of its production aside from a few pictures, and the constant shuffling of the X-Men franchise slate (which also includes The New Mutants) has caused alarm among some fans. Nevertheless, it seems that the version of X-Men: Dark Phoenix that will hit theaters is still relatively close to the originally-envisioned storyline.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is a brand-new adaptation of The Dark Phoenix Saga. Set in the 1990s, the follow-up to X-Men: Apocalypse will follow Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) as she struggles to contain her burgeoning powers and the fallout that they can cause. In addition to Turner, the film will see the return of fan-favorite X-Men mainstays like James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, as well as newcomer Jessica Chastain — whose role remains firmly under wraps at this point in time.
CinemaBlend will bring you more information related to X-Men: Dark Phoenix as new details about the film surface. The 1990s-set mutant adventure will premiere on the big screen on February 14, 2019! As for this year, head over to our movie premiere guide to stay up-to-date on 2018’s major release dates!