The Disney deal appears to have plenty of people at 20th Century Fox distracted it would seem, how else to explain last week’s unusual choice of launching the trailer for the “X-Men” film “Dark Phoenix,” only to a day or so later delay the film by a full four months.
The change surprised many. When added to the numerous delays on “Gambit,” and the whole near year long delay of “The New Mutants,” the obvious question has been raised of what in the world is going on with the film and the studio?
Speaking with Collider, Kinberg has attempted to allay concerns and addressed several key issues. First up the recent reshoots on ‘Dark Phoenix’ he claims are “nothing more than typical studio additional photography” and aren’t as extensive as has been rumored. He says most of the reshoots have been in regards to the third act:
“Both emotionally and in terms of the physical scale and the action of the third act that we adjusted. And then there were certain things in the first two acts of the movie – very few things, but to set up those changes in the third act we had to adjust some things in the first two acts so that all was fluid and felt consistent.”
The talk sounds similar to the reshoots that took place on Shane Black’s “The Predator,” and that didn’t turn out well but fared better than 2015’s “Fantastic Four” which also had its third act overhauled and which Kinberg himself was involved in.
Kinberg also says the delay had little to do with the trailer’s minimal buzz and more about presenting the best film at the right time, plus the film simply wasn’t going to be ready for a February release next year:
“Some of the trailers had ‘Coming Soon’ on them and some of them said ‘February 14th’. It was a date, February 14th, that we initially liked for the movie but when we realized that we weren’t gonna have the visual effects ready to release it globally the way we wanted to, and the ‘Gambit’ date opened up because it wasn’t gonna be ready for that June 7th date.
We looked at that date versus the February 14th date, the studio did and we did, we felt like that June date was a bigger opportunity for us globally. So I would’ve still released a teaser when we released it, I just would’ve put ‘Coming Soon’ on the end of it or I would’ve put ‘June 7th’, though we hadn’t made that decision [at the time].”
Reaction to the comments seem to be highly dubious of Kinberg’s explanation – certainly in regards to the reasons over the film’s delay. Kinberg did also confirm the film is simply titled “Dark Phoenix” with no “X-Men” in it anywhere.
Kinberg also discussed “New Mutants” which released its trailer a year ago now. He says that despite being seven months on from the film’s delay and talk of extensive reshoots required, the film hasn’t actually done any additional filming at this time because there’s still a debate over tone and rating.
Director Josh Boone filmed it as a ‘hard PG-13’ but the reshoots are planning to take it further into horror territory and thus would likely be an R. Kinberg says: “the studio is open to either rating.”
Finally, Kinberg also discussed the upcoming PG-13 version release of “Deadpool 2” in cinemas on December 21st. Kinberg puts all the praise and blame on star Ryan Reynolds:
“Ryan Reynolds and his studio—but I will give credit to Ryan Reynolds more than anyone else—is extraordinary at figuring out ways to get around the system. And be clever, both in terms of getting attention when it comes to viral stuff and in terms of deflecting attention when it comes to something like this. In the same way that Beyonce and Kanye can drop an album out of nowhere, Ryan figured out a way to drop a movie out of nowhere.”
“Dark Phoenix” opens June 7th 2019, “New Mutants” hits August 2nd 2019.