Dark Phoenix director apologises for X-Men: The Last Stand: "We didn't do it properly"
X-Men: Dark Phoenix‘s director wants you to know that he’s very sorry about The Last Stand.
Simon Kinberg, who is making his directorial debut with the upcoming Sophie Turner-starring movie, served as a writer on the unpopular 2006 X-Men instalment, which also attempted to tell the story of the Dark Phoenix. It didn’t go well.
Speaking during an Entertainment Weekly panel at New York Comic-Con, Kinberg was joined on stage by Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi.
“I’m sorry for X-Men 3,” said Kinberg. “We tried to tell the Dark Phoenix story and we didn’t do it properly. So, with this Dark Phoenix story there is no ‘cure’ plot, there is no other plot.”
He continued: “It is the Dark Phoenix story, as told in comics, as told in the cartoons. Sophie is the centre of the film, that’s why she’s the one person that’s in the teaser poster.
“The entire movie revolves around her. It’s a movie that goes into space and is cosmic, very much inspired actually by what [Taika] did with Thor – even though the tone is totally different – but just the ability to make a character movie that still feels grounded, and fun, but is in whole other universes.
“Jessica Chastain’s character plays an alien, and that’s all I can tell you about that. But, yeah, it’s the Dark Phoenix story and if you’ve read that comic I think you’re going to like the movie a lot,” he added.
Previously, Kinberg explained why the release date for his mutant blockbuster has been delayed so much – following confirmation that it will be released in June 2019, rather than February.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix will premiere on June 7, 2019.
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