The chatter around a new X-Men movie shooting this summer has been picking up steam. Sophie Turner is said to be returning for what is tentatively known as “X-Men: Supernova,” and now it seems the project might have a director.
Collider reports that longtime producer and screenwriter Simon Kinberg (“Legion,” “Logan,” “Deadpool,” “X-Men: Apocalypse,” “X-Men: First Class,” “Fantastic Four“) is in talks to helm the next X-Men. Apparently, 20th Century Fox have Kinberg’s script, which will finally give fans the Dark Phoenix storyline they’ve been longing for, and are deciding whether or not he’ll get to make the leap behind the camera.
Even more, James McAvoy recently posted a picture on Instagram having dinner with Kinberg and Patrick Stewart and also teased something for the summer, suggesting his involvement as well. I can only imagine official word from Fox is just around the corner, but I’m sure they want to get their ducks in a row first. As for Kinberg, he’s been around the franchise long enough to know the mechanics of making these movies and, supported by a good visual FX team, should probably slide into the director role quite easily. The larger question is whether or not the filmmakers can bounce back from the poorly received ‘Apocalypse,’ but they certainly aren’t going to mothball a brand just because of one movie that didn’t work. And don’t forget, Josh Boone has his “New Mutants” in the works as well.