27 Feb 2018 3:32 PM +00:00 UTC

Chris Claremont Has High Hopes For X-Men: Dark Phoenix

X-Men: Dark Phoenix has gained a bit of a mixed reception with fans. On one hand, fans are excited to see the characters from Apocalypse in actual X-Men costumes. Then there are those who don't want to see another X-Men film until Disney officially gains the rights from Fox and integrates the characters from the MCU.

One person who has high hopes for the film is Chris Claremont, a longtime writer for the X-Men and one of the masterminds behind the Dark Phoenix Saga, which the film is based on.

Speaking with Cinemablend, the comic book writer expressed excitement over Simon Kinberg's upcoming adaptation. Claremont also brought up how X-Men: The Last Stand was a huge disappointment, due to Bryan Singer making Superman Returns.

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"After X2, I couldn't wait for X3. I was figuring, 'Holy cow, Bryan [Singer] will do the Phoenix Saga the way it should be done.' Well... guess again! Bryan didn't do it. But the point is, cut ahead 10 years, and Simon Kinberg is doing it, and Simon is doing it not only as a work of craft, but as a labor of love. This is something he wanted to do, and wants to do supremely well. And from everything I've seen and heard about the production, he's going at it full bore. So it's a matter of putting the right people in the right place at the right time with the right tools, and keeping your fingers crossed."

To be fair, Claremont isn't blinded by the story the film is adopting. He knows that the movie could end up being a disappointment, bringing up how Disney tried making investing in John Carter: Warlord of Mars, which ended up being one of the company's most expensive bombs.

"By the same token, I can think back 10 years to when everybody had that same expectation for John Carter: Warlord of Mars. And they spent a quarter billion dollars on that movie, and it looks gorgeous, and what a clanker! You never know what's going to work; you never know what isn't going to work."

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is slated for a November 2 release.

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