Fox has certainly generated a lot of talk over the recent weeks, and for all the right reasons. With Logan's release date quickly approaching, casting rumors floating around for Deadpool 2 and New Mutants looking to be entering production in the near future, Fox certainly seem to be on the fast track when it comes to developing the new direction of their #XMen cinematic universe. The studio now has highly anticipated films to look forward to, and a fourth will be added to that list if recently surfaced rumors are to be believed.
The existence of a sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse, rumored to be titled #XMenSupernova, has been the subject of much debate over the past few months. Then Fox's very own Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) announced on the BAFTA red carpet that she was getting ready to start filming the next X-Men movie. While it was believed that she was referring to New Mutants, it could be possible that the rumored Supernova is the film for which she is preparing.
While Turner may have dropped the ball by hinting at the film's upcoming production, a new rumor has surfaced which suggests that a long-time member of the X-Men franchise could be returning in a much larger role.
Simon Kinberg Is Reportedly In Talks To Write and Direct 'Supernova'
Long time X-Men screenwriter and producer #SimonKinberg is rumored to be making his long awaited directorial debut with X-Men: Supernova. Collider has reported that multiple sources have confirmed that Kinberg is in talks to direct and has already written a screenplay for the upcoming installment in Fox's X-men universe.
Collider have also heard that the proposed script does indeed focus on the fan-favorite Dark Phoenix Saga, but there has been no casting news outside of #SophieTurner. It looks as if Fox is indeed looking to retell the Dark Phoenix story after it was previously adapted for X-Men: The Last Stand.
While some fans may be less than optimistic that Kinberg is making his directorial debut with Supernova, they must remember that this is the guy who has worked on First Class, Days of Future Past, Deadpool, Legion and is currently involved with New Mutants. He wrote the script for the critically acclaimed Days of Future Past, which adapted, arguably, the best X-Men storyline of all time. If anyone can redeem Fox for their mistakes with the Dark Phoenix saga, it is Kinberg.
Of course, you must take this with a grain of salt as this isn't confirmed news but unverified rumors. But when considering Kinberg's involvement in all things X-related and Turner dropping the ball at the BAFTAs, Supernova looks more like a possibility each passing day.
While Kinberg has no official directing experience, it's worth remembering that—as THR pointed out—Kinberg has quite a bit of off-the-books directing experience as he's stepped in to direct sections of certain, shall we say, more troubled productions in the X-universe. In case you're wondering, yes. Yes, I mean Josh Trank's disastrous Fantastic Four reboot. It would surprise fans to know, however, that #XMenApocalypse was the other. So while he's never directed, let alone an $100+ million blockbuster...he's directed, including two $100+ million blockbusters.
Could be looking at a possible major Comic-Con announcement for later this year?
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