With writer-director Simon Kinberg’s Dark Phoenix opening in theaters this weekend, I recently sat down with producer Hutch Parker to talk about the film. During the wide-ranging interview he talked about his relationship with Kinberg and how he helped bring his vision of the film to life, how they landed composer Hans Zimmer, how they designed Sophie Turner’s look in the film, what deleted scenes will be on the Blu-ray, and a lot more.
As most of you know, Dark Phoenix is most likely the last X-Men film with the current cast and adapts the famous “Dark Phoenix Saga” comics arc, with Sophie Turner filling the role of Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix while Jessica Chastain plays a mysterious and otherworldly character. The film also sees Michael Fassbender return as Magneto alongside Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Red Lotus (Andrew Stehlin), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and Selene (Kota Eberhardt). Main players Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Quicksilver (Evan Peters), and Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) return.
Check out what they had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about followed by the official synopsis.
- Did he watch the Game of Thrones finale?
- How did he work with Simon Kinberg on Dark Phoenix?
- How did they land Hans Zimmer?
- How did they decide on Sophie Turner’s final look in the film when she was struggling with the power of Dark Phoenix?
- What deleted scenes will be on the eventual Blu-ray?
- Why they won’t include the alt-ending on the Blu-ray.
Here’s the Dark Phoenix official synopsis:
This is the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic DARK PHOENIX. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet. The film is the most intense and emotional X-Men movie ever made. It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we’ve come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet — one of their own.