“Dark Phoenix” Third Act Got Retooled

Dark Phoenix Third Act Got Retooled

In what sounds reminiscent of what happened with “World War Z,” it has been revealed the upcoming “X-Men” film “Dark Phoenix” reshot its entire third act which involved a big shift of locale to a more contained and smaller scale setting.

Simon Kinberg, who helms this final official outing of the main “X-Men” series before the franchise is rebooted with Disney and Marvel sometime down the line, spoke with EW this week about the challenge of helming the movie and revealed the change.

According to the outlet, the project originally wrapped production in October 2017 but in post-production they decided to revamp the film. One big change was the visual look of Sophie Turner’s Phoenix fire look which was made ‘less flamy, more cosmic’.

The big change was a new third act needed to be shot – shifting the film’s climax from a setting in outer space to one which finds all the X-Men kidnapped and on board a military train. Thus extensive reshoots took place last year and the end result we’ll see in cinemas come June. Talking about the filming revisions, Kinberg says it’s all about striking the right balance:

“I think the biggest challenge is modulating the film so that we have the big scale and visual-effects action that these movies require, but balancing that in a way that feels calibrated with the drama. You have these big space sequences and trains flying through the air and people firing lightning bolts, but you also have a lot of emotional, four-page dramatic dialogue scenes.”

Kinberg wouldn’t speculate on the future of “X-Men” but is happy to say this movie is the culmination of all the previous ones and so his focus right now: “I’m thinking about delivering and finishing this movie the best we possibly can.” The article also confirms the film has no post-credits scenes.