Excitement is afoot. Producer of Dark Phoenix, Hutch Parker, has expressed in an exclusive Screen Rant interview that the latest film will follow a Hitchcock-esque style, and fall under the category of “psychological thriller”.
Dark Phoenix is based from the original comic characters and represents the 12th cinematic instalment of the X-Men franchise. Preceded by Deadpool 2 and Logan, the film will stand as a direct sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse.
Showcasing a cast of familiar faces, including James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender, the film is already set to be a huge hit. For many spectators however, the spotlight will be on Games of Thrones actress Sophie Turner, as she stars as the titular character, Jean Grey, a mutant with conflicting personalities. Alongside an already exciting list of celebrities, Jessica Chastain will also make an appearance as the plot’s villain.
While Dark Phoenix has an awful lot to live up to in terms of Hitchcockian hype, a similar hype currently attached to Jordan Peele’s Us, the film is set to be a blockbuster success. Not only that, the film will be a relevant hit about game-changing, powerful women.
Screen Rant spoke with Parker about Dark Phoenix and the genre inspiration behind it at Wondercon. The producer has expressed the premise will follow that of a psychological thriller and falls in line with franchise’s already shifting sub-genre aesthetics. Parker noted that Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, is a spy movie, or more specifically, a “James Bond movie told with superheroes. “ While in contrast, Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse is: “like a Roland Emmerich-style disaster film.”
Parker has also compared Singer’s creation X-Men: Day’s of the Future Past, to a “science fiction time-travel movie.” As with prior X-Men hits, Dark Phoenix showcases a variety of genre-infused paths it could undertake, and a Hitchcock inspiration is furthering expectations.
Hitchcock, the master of suspense, is often associated with his ground-breaking 1960s thriller Psycho starring Janet Leigh (mother of Halloween icon Jamie Lee Curtis). That being said, he released a number of well received classics, including Rear Window, Vertigo and Notorious. Each of his films prior to 1960 aided him to create a path for Psycho, which truly shows Hitchcock as an auteur, in complete command of his craft.
Dark Phoenix marks the directional debut of Simon Kinberg, who has previously produced several of the franchise films, and in terms of narrative, Dark Phoenix is set to fulfil a promise that was teased at the end of X-Men: Apocalypse.
Whatever the film has in store for fans…a mass of Marvel lovers are already on the edge of their seats.