X-MEN Franchise Writer and Producer Simon Kinberg in Talks to Direct the Next X-MEN Film
There are currently two X-Men film projects about to go into production, the supposedly titled X-Men: Supernova and New Mutants, which are both gearing up to start shooting soon. New Mutants is being directed by Josh Boone, but Supernova has yet to find a director. It looks like that's all about to change.
X-Men: Supernova is said to focus on the Dark Pheonix saga and is supposed to start shooting sometime this year, most likely in May as previously rumored. Bryan Singer is not directing this film, and according to Collider, the studio is currently in talks with X-Men franchise writer and producer Simon Kinberg to helm the project.
If Kinberg lands the gig, this would make for his directorial debut. He's already written the screenplay for the film, so he knows exactly what he wants to see from the film. As of right now, nothing is official. The report says that the film "does focus on the Dark Phoenix storyline and it’s now up to the studio if they’ll use his script and if he’ll get to direct it."
Sophie Turner is expected to reprise the role of Jean Grey, and I'm sure we'll see a few other familiar faces who appeared in X-Men: Apocalypse. We previously heard that the studio was treating this film as a light reboot, so we aren't really sure who will officially be showing up in this next X-Men film, but I'm sure we'll find out soon enough.
I have no idea if Kinberg will make a good director, but he's certainly familiar with all the characters. The Dark Phoenix storyline could make for incredible movie, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out if this is the direction Fox ends up taking the next X-Men project.