Earlier this month, word broke that Zack Snyder’s Justice League will be getting its long-requested director’s cut on HBO Max. That’s already led some fans to lobby for additional superhero movie director’s cuts, including Suicide Squad. However, Simon Kinberg, the co-writer and director of the final Fox X-Men movie, Dark Phoenix, isn’t looking for another chance to revisit the film. While speaking with IGN, Kinberg indicated that a director’s cut for Dark Phoenix wouldn’t be significantly different than the film that hit theaters.
“The movie they released was ultimately my vision for the film,” said Kinberg. “That vision did change over the span of making the movie. There are other scenes that we shot, just as there are a lot of other scenes in [Days of Future Past] that we shot and didn’t end up using. There were scenes we shot for that film and an ending that was quite different than the ending that was in the theatrical release.
“To release [a Kinberg Cut], it wouldn’t be just be like we splice those scenes back in,” added Kinberg. “Because those scenes were never completed because of visual effects and sound… It would take a whole lot of work, but I appreciate the support.”
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Additionally, Kinberg noted that it would be impossible to fully realize his initial two-movie plan for the Dark Phoenix storyline.
“With every movie, there are things you wish you did differently,” noted Kinberg. “On every movie there are things you thought were great and perfect, and then you watch them and didn’t think they were as strong as you imagined and you go a different way. [It] was a hard movie because, in its initial concept when I wrote it, it was meant to be a two-part film. And then it suddenly became a one-part movie for reasons that weren’t of my doing. Having to create around that massive change was a challenge in itself. All these movies are uniquely challenging.”
“When you’re making a film as a writer, it’s never the same as when you conceived it,” added Kinberg. “And when you make a film as a director, it’s never the same as what you shot. In that case it’s probably more significantly different. But ultimately, I was happy with the cut… that we shot and edited and completed.”
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