Bryan Singer Officially Passes X-Men Movies Torch to ‘Dark Phoenix’ Director

by Kofi Outlaw

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It was announced today that the next X-Men movie, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, will be directed by Simon Kinberg, the writer, and producer of recent X-Men films like First Class, Days of Future Past, and Apocalypse – as well as a mixed bag of big franchise films like Sherlock Holmes, Jumper, Fantastic Four, and xXx: State of the Union).

Well, as you can see above, there was an official “passing of the torch” over at Fox today, with former X-Men movie architect/director Bryan Singer handing the reigns over to Kinberg.

Of course, this was all just pure symbolism, as Kinberg and Singer have worked side-by-side in the X-Men movie universe for many years. However, Kinberg truly is getting his first real shot by directing a massive (and pivotal) movie like X-Men: Dark Phoenix – so hopefully he has soaked up a range of great filmmaking tricks from the directors he’s worked with. That list includes Edge of Tomorrow‘s Doug Liman; District 9′ Neil Blomkamp; and Deadpool‘s Tim Miller.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be a direct sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse. The film will take place in the 1990s and will be inspired by “The Dark Phoenix Saga,” the most popular X-Men story of all time.

Fox attempted to adapt “The Dark Phoenix Saga” once previously, in X-Men: The Last Stand. The attempt was not well-received by fans.


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